Everyday aches and pains can be easy to dismiss or ignore, especially when you live a busy lifestyle. However, when pain is persistent and debilitating, it’s likely time to consult a medical professional. Pain in the wrist or hands is particularly prevalent among those who complete repetitive motions for long periods throughout the day, such as musicians, carpenters, assembly line workers, mechanics and people who use computers. This type of pain may be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome.
The median nerve extends from the forearm through a tunnel at the front of the wrist and along the tendons of the hand. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed, or pinched, where it passes over the carpal bones due to surrounding pressure from bones and ligaments. It is widely characterized by feelings of numbness, burning, tingling and pain in the hand, fingers and arm.
Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Those experiencing the following symptoms may have carpal tunnel syndrome:
- Numbness or “pins and needles” feeling in the fingers, hand and arm.
- Burning sensation in the hand and fingers.
- Radiating pain from the hand to the elbow.
- Loss of strength and motor skills in the hand.
- Difficulty writing or gripping objects.
For many, the pain or numbness is worse at night than it is during the day and can even interrupt or prevent sleep.
What To Do About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
As with all other medical conditions, it is important to consult a qualified orthopedic physician to properly identify and receive proper care for carpal tunnel syndrome. Treatment largely depends upon the severity of the issue and can range from non-prescription non-steroidal anti-flammatory drugs (NSAID) like ibuprofen to occupational therapy. In some cases, surgery may be required.
If you are experiencing acute or chronic pain, contact the orthopedic specialists at Southeast Ortho as soon as possible. Our experienced team of surgeons and physicians specialize in the intricate bones and tendons of the hand and wrist.
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