Most have heard of it, and might even be acquainted with someone who has it. But many still know very little about carpal tunnel syndrome. At Bellevue Bone & Joint Physicians, the orthopedic surgeons strive to not only provide relief for those who suffer from it, but to also educate, so that this syndrome can be addressed sooner than later.
What is the carpal tunnel? It is a narrow passageway on the inner side of the wrist that the median nerve and several tendons pass through. That median nerve runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, and controls sensations and some movement of the palm side of your thumb and fingers. (excluding the pinky finger)
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when that nerve becomes compressed or squeezed at the level of the wrist, and this can happen due to a variety of different factors. What are some of the main symptoms that may occur with this syndrome?
1. Numbness- Sensations of numbness, itching, and tingling (like pins and needles) and pain in the palm side of the thumb and fingers. A typical early sign is one hand falling asleep at night.
2. Decreased grip strength with hand and difficulties opening and closing the hand.
3. Pain that can extend out into the arm.
It is important to realize that these symptoms usually start gradually and can can stay mild over a period of time. Caught in the early stages, carpal tunnel syndrome can even be treated with non-surgical treatments.
Left unchecked though, these symptoms can worsen. If you are experiencing these symptoms, or have any other concerns about carpal tunnel syndrome, contact the Bellevue area orthopedic surgeons at Bellevue Bone & Joint now. The sooner you do, the faster you will get the relief that your hard working hands deserve.