CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME OVERVIEW
About 16 million people in the United States (approximately 5 percent) have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Kids do not normally have it, but it is interesting to note that it is more common in women than men.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the Median nerve is compressed as it travels through the wrist. As you can see below, the Transverse Carpal Ligament looks like a tunnel that runs across the wrist. And while there are plenty of nerves and ligaments that go through the wrist and into the hand, the median nerve is the only nerve that runs through the carpal tunnel.
The Median nerve starts in the upper arm and runs all the way down the forearm and into the hand, supplying the muscles of the hand. If Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is not dealt with properly, it can eventually lead to permanent nerve damage.
And it’s a serious condition…
According to Dr. Tamara Rozental, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School and chief of hand and upper extremity surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center…
“I see a lot of people who say that their numbness was gradually worsening and now their hand is completely numb and has been for a year.”
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the main risk factors for Carpal Tunnel are obesity, repetitive wrist work, pregnancy and rheumatoid arthritis. The kind of work that puts you at the highest risk, include prolonged desk work, especially typing on a computer, tablet or phone as well as working with vibrating tools, especially if they require a strong grip.
The main symptoms of Carpal Tunnel are pain in the hand, but more specifically in the fingers. For example, you may experience numbness and tingling in the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers. In some cases, you may feel pain in the wrist and up the arm (remember the median nerve runs down the whole arm)….
Another symptom includes general weakness in the hand and wrist. That includes a weakened ability to grip objects and a general loss of dexterity. Eventually, you will find that the base of the thumb becomes very weak as the muscles in that area start wasting away.
Typically, the pain is worse at night than during the day. It can lead to decreased quality of sleep and the pain tends to get worse over time, so it’s very important to deal with Carpal Tunnel as soon as possible.
And here’s one more interesting phenomenon… 50% of the time, it affects both wrists.
We know that Carpal Tunnel is directly related to lifestyle. Specifically, it is caused by repetitive flexion and extension in the wrists. In other words, if you sit at a desk and type all the time, you have a very HIGH risk of getting it.
Obviously, most of us have to sit at desks, type in phones or type on computers (like me right now) many hours during the day. Unfortunately, we cannot change that very much, so we have to find other ways to deal with it. That means it’s super important to find ways to eliminate the underlying causes of Carpal Tunnel to get out of pain and reduce the risk of future pain, even if we have to put our wrists at risk for our jobs.
Now, if you’re thinking you can just ice your wrist or wear a brace and that’s going to take care of it, unfortunately you will be in for some disappointment. That’s because you have to deal with the underlying muscle imbalances in the wrist and forearm that are putting pressure on the Carpal Ligament, which is compressing the Median nerve.
That’s why rehab is so important for Carpal Tunnel. It will help you take the stress OFF the wrist and improve nerve gliding. And remember, when you open up the Carpal Ligament properly, the Median nerve can travel through it uncompressed. And of course, that will eliminate the pain and muscle atrophy in the hand.
So, it should not be surprising that a great deal of research has shown that rehab is the most effective way to heal carpal tunnel and eliminate chronic pain. A high quality rehab program fixes the muscle imbalances that cause Carpal Tunnel. (American Journal of Physiology, Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, Journal of Athletic Training, etc.)
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