What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel syndrome occurs where there is increased swelling and inflammation in the carpal tunnel which runs down the front of the forearm just above the wrist. The increased swelling causes increased pressure within the carpal tunnel. When this occurs the median nerve is compressed which causes pins and needles into the hand.
Common activities that can cause this condition:
- Gripping activities
Common Signs & Symptoms
Common signs and symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
- Pins and needles in the hands particularly at night
- Weak grip in the hand
- Pain in the hand
What you should do if you have this condition:
- Consult with your GP
- Consult a chartered physiotherapist
- Try using a splint for your wrist which can help to reduce the swelling that occurs in the wrist and therefore helps to reduce symptoms.
Your GP may offer to inject the carpal tunnel which could cure your symptoms. If this fails they may then refer you onto an orthopaedic surgeon who can surgically release the carpal tunnel.
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