What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common condition that occurs when the median nerve is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the wrist. This median nerve is what provides sensation to the palm side of the thumb, the index and middle, and also half of the ring fingers. Also known as median nerve compression, this condition can worsen over time, thus highlighting the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.
Untreated carpal tunnel complications can result in nerve damage and worsening symptoms, so it is important to treat symptoms early on before the option of surgery is necessitated.
At Regen Medical Dallas, we offer High-Intensity Laser Therapy, or HILT, to reduce swelling and pain, as well as provide tissue repair and cell-regrowth.
What Are the Common Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel?
Symptoms associated with CTS may include:
Numbness, tingling, burning, shock-like sensations, and pain primarily in your palm and thumb or your index and middle fingers
Tingling or pain that may radiate from the forearm up toward the shoulder
Weakness in the hands that makes it difficult to hold certain objects and perform small tasks
Decreased feeling in the fingertips
Wrist pain during the night which interferes with sleep
Clumsiness in the hand due to a loss of proprioception
What Are the Common Causes of Carpal Tunnel?
More often than not, carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a combination of factors regarding pressure on the median nerve rather than the nerve itself having an issue.
Some contributing factors for CTS include:
Anatomic factors – Fractures or trauma to the wrist, as well as arthritis that deforms the bones in the wrist, can disrupt the space within the carpal tunnel and irritate the median nerve. Additionally, heredity can play a role in contributing to CTS, with smaller carpal tunnels and anatomic differences possibly passed down every generation.
Health conditions – Diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, overactive pituitary gland, hypothyroidism, and high blood pressure are all conditions that are associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Repetitive hand use – Prolonged periods of time of repetitive hand movement can irritate the tendons in your wrist and cause severe swelling.
We want to help patients in treating and managing their health symptoms. Call our office today at (214) 855-7750 for more information.