Your hand and fingers begin to feel numb after working for several hours. Sometimes your hand feels weak and it's even hard to hold onto your cup of coffee. These are some of the signs of carpal tunnel syndrome, a nerve problem that starts at your wrist. Here is what you need to know about this injury and how your doctor can help with the pain and numbness.
The Source of Your Pain
The median nerve runs down your arm, through your wrist and into your hand. It travels through a narrow opening made by the bones in your wrist. A light tissue sheath covers the nerve. The opening in the wrist is designed to protect the nerve. But it can become the source of irritation.
If you have any degeneration of the bones in your wrist, the opening may begin to rub on the nerve. This irritation causes inflammation of the nerve and the tissue sheath. The inflammation causes your pain and numbness. When the inflammation is severe you'll lose sensation in your hand and be unable to grasp items.
Other sources of irritation of the median nerve include:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment
Your doctor will initially recommend several non-invasive approaches to reducing the inflammation of the nerve and subsequent pain and weakness in your wrist and hand.
Should these treatments not give you enough relief, more invasive treatments can be offered such as:
Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Recovery from severe pain and numbness from carpal tunnel syndrome can take several weeks. At the first sign of soreness, see your doctor (such as one from Hand Rehabilitation Specialists) for an evaluation. They can make recommendations on how to prevent the injury from occurring in the first place. Some of the suggestions include:
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