The carpal tunnel is a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand that supports the median nerves and tendons.
A sharp or excruciating pain on your arm and wrist depending on whether you are right-handed or left-handed; a numbness or tingling sensation caused by a painful compression of a nerve in the wrist. Don’t ignore the pain! If you spend long hours at your desk, you are more than likely to suffer from symptoms related to carpal tunnel syndrome. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of your hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. While many of us spend long hours working at our desk, there is not enough data to confirm whether typing or repetitive movement of the hand and wrist during work can cause this disorder; however, certain injuries to the wrist such as tendinitis or bursitis as well as sprains are more common. A 2001 study conducted by the Mayo Clinic found that heavy computer use up to seven hours a day did not increase a person’s risk of developing this disorder. If you find that your wrists are swollen after a long day at work, you can apply a cool pack of ice to reduce the inflammation.
Tingling of the hands, arms and fingers radiating up the arm are among the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. A person with carpal tunnel syndrome may experience some of these painful sensations caused by irritated tendons or a combination of other factors that increase pressure on the nerves and tendons of the hands, thumbs or index fingers as well as arm. Usually these symtoms start off gradually, but they can last anywhere between 3-6 months. If they worsen, you may need to consult a medical expert for early diagnosis and treatment. In some cases, surgery of both hands is required. According to research, most patients recover completely, but physical therapy is necessary.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a disorder that can be genetic or associated with diseases such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, over activity of the pituitary gland, pregnancy, problems in the wrist joint related to work or repeated use of the hand according to medical research.
Statistics have confirmed that women are three more times likely than men to develop this disorder due to the fact that the carpal tunnel may be smaller in women than in men.