A hand and arm condition, Carpal tunnel syndrome cause tingling, numbness, weakness and various other symptoms in the hand. This is an irritation of the median that travels down the forearm into the hand. Very less percentage of the population is affected by this disease and most commonly, middle age women experience this syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms
This syndrome generally starts with a tingling sensation in the thumb, middle finger and index finger. The numbness or tingling sensation may come and go and is often associated with discomfort in hand and wrist. Some of the most commonly seen symptoms include:
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a rare condition in infants and small children. The main cause of this neurological disorder is compression of the median nerve. Generally, it has been seen that anything that compresses, irritates or crowds the median nerve can lead to this disorder. For instance a fractured wrist can irritate the nerves, which leads to inflammation and swelling and ultimately to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome.
However, doctors and researchers have not been able to find a single cause that forms the foundation of carpal tunnel syndromes. This disorder results from a combination of risk factors.
Associated Risk Factors
Carpal tunnel syndrome is known to be associated with a number of factors that increases the chances of aggravating the problem. Some of them are:
Diagnosis and Tests
The doctor may conduct few tests to determine whether you are suffering from the condition or not. Some of the diagnostic tests include:
Carpal tunnel syndrome must be treated as soon as possible to avoid it becoming worse. If you are suffering from mild symptoms, you can ease the discomfort by taking frequent breaks, applying a cold pack, avoiding the activities that worsen the situation and by shaking off the hand.