The pain suffered by those with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be severe.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition which occurs in nearly 3 percent of the population. The condition is more common among women than men, and the average age of those who suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is between 40 and 50.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve within the wrist is compressed, most often through overuse. Those who develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome often note a feeling of “pins and needles” in the thumb, index and middle fingers as well as pain in the wrist area. The median nerve and tendons are located inside the carpal tunnel; when inflammation occurs, the nerve in the canal can become pinched, or compressed, leading to symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Causes and Symptoms
While the exact cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has not been identified, there are certain risk factors which increase your chances of developing the condition, including:
- An injury to the wrist;
- A work situation in which constant finger and wrist motions are necessary, such as typing;
- Hereditary—about 50 percent of the risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is considered genetic;
- Pregnancy and the accompanying accumulation of fluids;
- Systemic inflammation;
- Joint disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, and
- Dialysis or end-stage renal disease.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include impaired sensation, feelings of pins and needles, a progressive loss of strength and/or coordination in the thumb, difficulty performing fine movements of the first to third digits and the thumb, and, as the condition progresses, the muscles in the affected hand could begin wasting.
Diagnosing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Like many causes of pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may be difficult to diagnose. A nerve conduction study can help confirm the diagnosis, while blood tests could be useful in ruling out other conditions with similar symptoms, such as rheumatoid arthritis. X-rays may be used to ensure there are no fractures, changes in the bones or other injuries, and, occasionally, an ultrasound may prove helpful in diagnosing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Treatment Options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Avoiding surgery for your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the goal at Seattle Pain. If your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome pain symptoms are mild to moderate, our Seattle Pain interventional pain management specialists will create a customized pain treatment plan using a combination of traditional medications and pain management techniques, as well as non-traditional methods, such as:
- Glucocorticoids either injected or taken orally to reduce compression and inflammation in the carpal tunnel.
Suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
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