Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the median nerve at the level of the wrist gets inflamed and compressed. Symptoms may include a burning, swollen feeling in the palm and fingers. Some people experience night pain, numbness and tingling involving the thumb, index and middle finger. Often times these symptoms begin slowly and get more severe over time.
Some people lose sensitivity in their hands and are not able to detect temperature – either very hot or cold.
A variety of things can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. People with smaller carpal tunnels may be more likely to experience the condition. Injuries to the wrist can also lead to carpal tunnel syndrome as can physical stress from repeated overuse typical in some manufacturing jobs or assembly line work.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) carpal tunnel syndrome does not normally affect children. Women suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome about three times more often than men do.
Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome often begins with wearing a night brace. Vitamins may also be recommended including Vitamin B 50 or B 100. There are also special carpal tunnel stretches that may be beneficial. The stretches for carpal tunnel syndrome are best directed with the help of a physical therapist.
If the first line of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome fails, a cortisone injection is sometimes indicated. Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome is an option after all conservative treatment has been explored and failed. If you think you might be experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome, it is advisable that you seek out help from a board certified orthopedic surgeon for a thorough examination and diagnosis.