Carpal Tunnel Syndrome — Risk Factors and Treatment Options

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome — Risk Factors and Treatment Options

By |2019-11-18T13:47:26+00:00November 20th, 2019|Blog|

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common condition that occurs among people who have jobs that involve a lot of typing and repetitive hand strokes.

It involves the inflammation of the median nerve that is in the wrist or the carpal tunnel.

The syndrome develops when the nerve is squeezed or pressed excessively, causing it to become irritated.

People who have medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, trauma, or pregnancy are also at greater risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms

The first signs of carpal tunnel syndrome involve numbness or tingling in the median nerve that resides in the wrist, extending all the way to the thumb, middle, and index fingers.

These fingers are usually the first ones that show signs of CTS. The little finger doesn’t show any signs, which is a good indicator for identifying signs of CTS. In severe cases, the feeling is accompanied by pain and weakness in the fingers and hand, which sometimes extends to the arm and the elbow.

Major Risk Factors for CTS

While health conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis definitely increase the risk of developing CTS, other factors include:

  • Performing repetitive hand motions
  • A small carpal tunnel
  • Metabolic disorders that target the nerves of the body, increasing the risk of compression
  • Wrist fractures and dislocations
  • Occupational factors such as excessive usage of keyboards, working at an assembly line, and other skills-based jobs

Treatment Options:

Once carpal tunnel syndrome is diagnosed, the sooner you start treatment, the better your chances of preventing long-term damage. In mild cases of CTS, the problem can be treated with home remedies such as:

  • Resting the wrist and avoiding activities that cause pain and numbness
  • Icing the wrist regularly for 10 to 15 minutes multiple times a day.
  • Using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce swelling and relieve pain
  • Taking the pressure off your carpal tunnel or median nerve by wearing wrist splints at night
  • Getting chiropractic treatment or acupuncture to help the flow of the blood to the nerves.

Carpal Tunnel Surgery

If home treatments and non-surgical treatments don’t relieve the pain in your wrist, a surgical option becomes necessary. The surgical procedure involves relieving pressure on the median nerve by severing a ring of tissue around the wrist.

Recovery from CTS surgery can take up to three months or longer in some cases, in case there is excessive swelling. In most cases, physiotherapy can manage the pain and speed up the recovery process.

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About: Dr. Douglas Stoddard is a sports medicine physician and is the Medical Director of the Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute (SEMI). After receiving his medical degree from the University of Toronto, he trained in Australia at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, obtaining his Master Degree in Sports Medicine. He is also a diplomat of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine and has his focussed practice designation in Sport Medicine from the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Stoddard is a consultant to the Canadian Military and has consulted with well over 30,000 unique patients in his career. Dr. Stoddard is constantly searching for new and promising therapies to help SEMI patients, and is responsible for developing the RegenerVate Medical Injection Therapy Program. He is the proud father of two boys, is an avid triathlete and occasional guitar player.

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