by Amy Pusey
(last updated April 22, 2009)
All you know is that you cannot lift one more box, type one more key, or sort one more envelope because the pain in your hand or wrist is practically unbearable. You may have even reached the point where taking a break and shaking out your hands to loosen them up offer no relief from your discomfort. This, my friend, is probably Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and there are treatments available that will help you get rid of, or limit the recurrence of, the painful symptoms associated with the condition. Fortunately, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome neither is serious nor causes permanent damage when treated in its early stages. There are symptoms associated with the condition that you can look to identify, including:
In addition to repetitive motions associated with your work and daily living, you should make note of other potential causes that may be behind the development of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. While these are not the usual suspects, they can certainly contribute, and all possible sources should be discussed with your doctor. If you have recently sprained or hurt your hand or wrist, this can initiate the condition, and you may want your doctor to take an x-ray because sometimes fractures can occur to lesser bones without the extent of the injury being realized. Our lovely mothers-to-be have one more ailment to add to their list of physical changes because Carpal Tunnel can occur in the latter months of pregnancy. So, not only does your back ache, but your hands might ache, too. On a more serious note, systemic diseases, such as diabetes, thyroid, and rheumatoid arthritis, have been known to be responsible for the development of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
In order to make a proper diagnosis, a doctor may conduct one or more of the following tests:
For individuals diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome there are non-surgical treatments (i.e. drugs, exercises, alternative therapies,) as well as surgical treatments for the more severe cases. Your doctor will discuss the most appropriate treatment plan for your particular situation.
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