Carpal tunnel syndrome

Published 06/11 2014 02:27PM

Updated 06/11 2014 02:27PM

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused by repetitive motion of the hands and wrists. Over time, inflammation occurs in the tendons, putting pressure on the median nerve, which runs from the hand, through the carpal bones of your wrist. Symptoms include pain, numbness, or tingling of the hands and wrists. However, the pinky finger is often unaffected. In some cases, the hands may become weak, and have trouble grasping objects. Any activity that causes your hands to be bent backwards or at an odd angle can lead to carpal tunnel: for example, typing, knitting, or using tools like a screwdriver. Frequent computer use is a common cause of this ailment. Eventually, scar tissue may form inside the wrists, causing chronic pain. If treated early, chiropractic adjustment of the carpal bones may relieve the pressure. Or, simply wearing a wrist brace at night, in conjunction with anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin and ibuprofen, may ease the symptoms. Cortisone injections may be used if these strategies don't work. But when too much scar tissue has built up, surgery may be necessary. If you're experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, consult a health care provider as soon as possible. A doctor can suggest ways to reduce further injury, and relieve pain.

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