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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or CTS is also known as Median Nerve Compression. It is a condition that leads to tingling, weakness, and numbness in the hand. It is caused by pressure on the hand’s median nerve, which runs down the arm’s length, goes through the passage of the wrist, and ends in your hand.
In this blog, we will discuss the symptoms, causes, risk factors, and possible diagnosis and treatment for CTS.
Symptoms of CTS develop gradually; at first, they may come and go. As the CTS gets worse, the hand develops more muscle cramping, pain, and loss of grip; due to the hand muscles shrinking.
The CTS symptoms that show up are:
During the day, one may notice a flare-up of these symptoms when reading a book, driving, or holding something with the wrist bent.
At night time, one may also notice the hand becoming numb or falling asleep because of the hand’s position while sleeping.
CTS can be caused by:
One may have a higher risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome if they:
To diagnose Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, doctors carry out tests to determine whether; there are other nerves affected, whether there is a medical condition affecting the nerves directly, and the severity of the CTS.
The tests are as follows:
CTS treatment aims to slow down its progression and relieve symptoms by reducing the pressure on the median nerve. The Academy of Orthopedic Surgeries released guidelines in 2008 for the effective treatment of CTS. The recommendation made was, if possible, to manage CTS pain without surgery.
Treatment of CTS depends on the symptoms and extent of the condition’s progression.
Doctors recommend surgery when the CTS has severe symptoms or does not respond to treatment. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome surgery is for carpal tunnel release and to increase its size to decrease pressure on the tendons passing through the space. The ligament that covers the carpal tunnel, called the transverse carpal ligament, is cut and released.
Surgery has an extremely high success rate of relieving tingling and numbness, at over ninety percent. If you do not get symptom relief after surgery, the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome diagnosis was probably not the one.
Your surgeon or therapist will recommend the right scar massage and exercise to help your hand return to normal function.
Family Chiropractic Care is a team of chiropractors and massage therapists based in Longview, WA. For more information on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, feel free to visit our clinic at 1815 Hudson Street, Longview, WA 98632; or call us today at (360) 636-2636.