Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Causes
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome might be caused by repetitive motions or any wrist movement that we do repetitively like typing while working or work with vibrating tools, also if you had any previous wrist injury in the past it might as well cause CTS.
There are also other conditions like Pregnancy, Obesity, Diabetes and hypothyroidism.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosis and Tests
When your condition get worse and you go visit a doctor, he might start with a test called “Tinel Sign”, he will basically lightly tap the palm side of your wrist or fully flex the wrist with the arms extended. He might also do other tests like:
- MRI, X-rays or ultrasounds, so he can look at the bones and tissues.
- Electromyogram: it helps measure electrical activity in response to a nerve’s stimulation of the muscle.
- Nerve conduction studies: The doctor tapes electrodes to your skin to measure the signals in the nerves of your hand and arm.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be treated in two ways: With surgery or without surgery.
Non-surgical treatments are used for patients with less severe conditions and can be treated without surgery in order to continue with daily activities and work easily.
Carpal tunnel syndrome surgery is used when the patient has severe conditions and he’s no longer responding to non-surgical treatments.
Non-surgical treatments are usually tried first. Treatment begins by:
- Wearing a wrist splint at night to keep your wrist straight. Since it helps to relieve pressure on the nerve.
- Taking painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease the pain.
- Cortisone injections.
- Hand exercises.
You can also focus on changing your work environment do decrease symptoms, like raising or lowering your chair, changing your hand or wrist position while you do your everyday activities, and even using recommended splints and heat treatments from a hand therapist.
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