With the increase use of computers and even handheld technology, more and more people are suffering from tech and work related injuries, namely Carpal Tunnel. Though carpal tunnel is three times more common among women than men, millions of Americans suffer from carpal tunnel pain.
Dr. Craig Chappell, is a triple board certified physician. Below is a Question and Answer series where Dr. Chappell discusses the warning signs and ways to limit carpal tunnel pain and symptoms.
Question: What are some common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome?
Dr. Chappell: CTS (carpal tunnel syndrome) is a common condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm. The condition occurs when one of the major nerves in the hand—the median nerve—is compressed as it travels through the wrist. Strenuous repetitive hand movements seem to create the biggest risk. It could be from typing on the computer but even things like quilting. With repetitive movements - common with industrial jobs - such as construction or auto mechanics that involve a lot of repetitive movements are common culprits. Additionally, jobs like hair-cutting, lash extensions, and aesthetics can also be common professions to experience carpal tunnel syndrome.
Question: What are the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
1. Numbness, tingling, burning, and pain in the thumb and index, middle, and ring fingers
2. Occasional shock-like sensations that radiate to the thumb and index, middle, and ring fingers
3. Pain or tingling that may travel up the forearm toward the shoulder
4. Weakness in the hand
Question: What are some home treatments you would recommend?
Dr. Chappell: Non-surgical treatments: Mild symptoms of CTS can be treated with directed home care, which may include specific exercises, avoiding activities that cause symptoms, or wearing a wrist splint. Medications or corticosteroid injections may also be recommended.
Question: How would one know when it’s time to see professional help?
Dr. Chappell: If you have tried conservative management such as night splits, avoidance of offending activity and change in ergonomics without improving. You ought to consider seeking help. You don’t want to get to the point of permanent numbness or weakness as there’s a chance that these symptoms will not recover.
At In2it Medical our staff can help you from the time you pick up the phone to call us, until you’re seated in our office. Whether you’re a candidate for carpal tunnel release or you just need simple at home treatments, we’re committed to helping you limit downtime and decrease pain.
Call our office at: (801)-610-7321