Do you suspect that you have carpal tunnel syndrome and are looking for carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms to self-diagnose? Carpal tunnel Syndrome is a condition caused by interference with the median nerve which runs through the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel is a constricted space between the fibrous band and the wrist bone. The main purpose of the median nerve is to receive sensations from the thumb, index and middle fingers of the hand which enables movement and feeling. This syndrome can be instigated by any condition or disease that causes pressure to be exerted on the median nerve or that causes changes in the position of tissues in the carpal tunnel which would have an impact on the nerve.
Before we look at carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms let us first look at the various causes of the syndrome. Water retention as a result of pregnancy or menopause, strained or injured muscles of the wrist, obesity, hypothyroidism, arthritis, diabetes, trauma, uninterrupted work such as typing, are common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome. These conditions sometimes cause inflammation of the tendons in the wrist and as such cause carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. Diseases such as amyloidosis, sarcoidosis, multiple myeloma, and leukaemia may lead to this syndrome as they cause abnormal substances to be deposited in and around the carpal tunnel which causes nerve irritation.
Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms may at first be taken lightly but as the condition becomes more serious, they can begin to have more effect. When someone has carpal tunnel syndrome, a tingling and a feeling of numbness is experienced. As the condition worsens, the individual may begin to lose grip strength and sharp pains are felt in the arm which gradually becomes weak and after a time the patient will not be able to distinguish between hot or cold.
The symptoms may also include atrophy of the muscles in the hand especially those near the wrist. The condition may go away with time but sometimes the symptoms may persist and worsen. Despite these symptoms, an individual has to undergo a number of examinations for a diagnosis to take place as it is said that other conditions are somewhat related to carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. So in order to be treated properly to prevent permanent damage of the median nerve, tests much be carried out.
To test for carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms a physical examination is carried out which includes three tests; tinel, phalen or wrist-flexion test and the electrodiagnostic test. Tinel and phalen tests are to examine the level of sensitivity, strength and if there are signs of atrophy in the wrist. The electrodiagnostic test is to confirm that the symptoms are in fact related to the syndrome and this is done by administering small electric shocks and then viewing the electrical activities on a screen to measure the level of impairment of the nerve.
Dr. Mohr, your Tampa chiropractor, will discuss these options with you individually, and be able to explain the next steps to get your arm and hand back in working order in as little time as possible
After the diagnosis has taken place the treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms can be administered. Treatments can take two forms: non-surgical which includes the administration of drugs, exercise and/or therapies. These are done by a chiropractor and there is surgical treatment that is done by a surgeon which may be open release which is cutting of the carpal ligament to enlarge the carpal tunnel. There is also endoscopic surgery which involves simply cutting the carpal ligament which will get rid of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms right away. According to chirocommunity, the best treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms is to provide support for the wrist, ease the pressure placed on the wrist, maintain a good posture of the wrists and keep the hands warm and flexible, because as with most conditions, surgery should only be considered if there isn’t a working non-invasive solution.