Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which you experience pins and needles or numbness in the thumb and first two fingers. The condition is usually worse at night and can lead to frequent waking.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve leading into the hand is compressed. This usually happens in the wrist, although compression can happen at any point along the nerve. Carpal tunnel syndrome commonly occurs during pregnancy, midlife, or after an injury. It can also occur as a result of aging, vibration, or prolonged highly repetitive work.
Most people with carpal tunnel syndrome report at least one of the following symptoms:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is diagnosed with a thorough clinical examination of the arm and wrist. A nerve conduction study may also be required. A typical assessment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome usually involves:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome requires treatment as it will not resolve by itself, unless it is pregnancy related. Pregnancy related CTS will normally reduce by 50% in the first two weeks after birth. If symptoms persist for any length of time beyond this, treatment is required.
Typical treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome includes:
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