Those who are experiencing a type of numbness, weakness or tingling in their hand may be experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a very serious condition that requires professional assistance to treat.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
The pain or tingling that one experiences in their hand that is the result of pressure on the median nerve. This nerve runs through the length of the arm and goes through a part of the wrist called the carpal tunnel. This is what controls the movement and feeling that one has in their thumb and fingers. If swelling occurs, the carpal tunnel becomes more narrow which results in the symptoms of the condition.
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
The most common causes are repetitive motions to that part of the body. For instance, typing or any wrist motion that is repeated can cause carpal tunnel symptoms over time. Other conditions like obesity, rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes may also be culprits.
What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?
Patients may begin to feel burning, tingling or numbness in their hand. Sometimes the first sign is the fingers becoming numb and “falling asleep” frequently. If the condition goes untreated, the numbness and tingling can progress to a loss of strength and coordination in the hand.
What are the treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome?
This is a serious condition that should be treated by a specialist in sports medicine. If you are experiencing symptoms, it is time to seek medical and professional help from a sports medicine doctor. Dr. Bob Meyer is a specialist in dealing with sports injuries and conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and he can help patients get the treatment they need. The sports injury treatment will likely involve a brace on the wrist, avoiding the actions that caused the condition and physical therapy.