Carpal Tunnel FAQ


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Discover How You Can Get Rid of Carpal Tunnel Syndome as well as Other Causes of Numbness, Tingling, and Pain in Your Hands, Wrists, Fingers, and Forearms.

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Carpal Tunnel FAQ

  1. 1. ==== ====Discover How You Can Get Rid of Carpal Tunnel Syndome as well as Other Causes ofNumbness, Tingling, and Pain in Your Hands, Wrists, Fingers, and Forearms. ====What is Carpal Tunnel?Carpal tunnel and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is an injury or disease process caused by apinched or impingement of the nerve(s) in the wrist, resulting in pain and numbness in the fingersand muscle weakness of the thumb.The name "carpal tunnel" receives its name from the bones in the wrist, called carpals, which forma "tunnel" through which the nerves pass through.What are the Signs of Carpal Tunnel?Possible signs and symptoms:oPain and / or tingling in one or both hands or fingers, frequently worse during activity or at nightoFeeling of weakness in the fingers, difficulty to squeeze or hold thingsoSensation that fingers are swollen even though little or no swelling is showingoLoss of strength in gripping or carrying itemsoPain shooting from the hand up the arm as far as the neck or shoulderIt is important, if you believe you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, to consult a qualifiedphysician and health professionals for treatment options. Not everybody who has carpal tunnelsyndrome experiences the condition at the same level, and a treatment that is suitable for oneperson may not be necessary for another.What are the causes of Carpal Tunnel pain?The carpal tunnel is filled with tendons (attaching muscle to bone) that control finger and thumbmovement. Tasks requiring highly repetitive and stressful movements of the wrist can causepinching of the nerve(s) resulting in swelling and inflammation around the tendons, producingcarpal tunnel.Injuries to the neck can damage nerves to the hands and wrists (known as "Double CrushSyndrome") which also can cause carpal tunnel symptoms. This is common in "whiplash" injuriessuch as auto accidents.
  2. 2. Because pathway of the nerves to the hands connect all the way up to neck, any pinching orimpingement at the neck (the first "crush") or along this pathway can actually affect recovery andhealing. Such impingement of these nerves can make them more susceptible or vulnerable tocarpal tunnel syndrome (the second "crush").The double crush phenomenon and is widely referenced in the scientific and medical research asa consistent finding in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome and can explain why some patients donot recover with care.Often times in a sudden injury a patients can suffer double crush syndrome to the neck area. If thepatient suffering from double crush syndrome and is just treated for carpal tunnel syndrome only,often times the treatment is not only ineffective, but the symptoms can get worse.Such advanced stages can become quite serious, involving a loss of sensation, muscledeterioration, and permanent loss of function. It is important for the patient to be check for thissyndrome.Other possible causes include late stage pregnancy, disease processes, or even poor posture.Poor posture problems in particular are often overlooked when patients seek treatment.What is the Therapy for Carpal Tunnel?Many doctors and health professionals have access to different types of treatment for carpaltunnel syndrome. Treatments choices range from simple pain relief to long term active patientcare. Possible methods of treatment can include rehabilitation, carpal tunnel wrist brace, traction,exercises, stretches, soft tissue massage, medication, injections, physical therapy, chiropractic,acupuncture or other types of care. In advance cases surgery can become an option.As with any other health condition, it is very important that you talk with your doctor or otherqualified health professional about possible carpal tunnel treatment or any other alternative carethat he or she can recommend.Regardless of the treatment, it is important that the carpal tunnel sufferer maintain goodcommunication with their doctor or health professionals on treatment progress. As the patientimproves under care, outside care and activities also need to be reviewed and addressed.==== ====Discover How You Can Get Rid of Carpal Tunnel Syndome as well as Other Causes of
  3. 3. Numbness, Tingling, and Pain in Your Hands, Wrists, Fingers, and Forearms. ====