Is Your Wrist Pain Due to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Is Your Wrist Pain Due to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

It is easy sometimes easy to shrug off an occasional cramp in your wrist or hand as nothing to really worry about. You may pass the pain off as a minor strain or pain. However, if the pain does not go away, comes and goes, or you are experiencing numbness or tingling in your hand or wrist, it could be a sign of something more serious. If this is the case, it is a good idea to discuss your pain with your doctor to prevent further damage that could permanently affect your hand or wrist.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that causes pain in the wrist. It is caused from the median nerve being compressed. The median nerve runs from the forearm, through the wrist and ends in the palm of the hand. It runs through an area of the wrist that is called the carpal tunnel, which is a narrow “tunnel” that is formed by bones and ligaments at the base of the hand. Tendons also run through the carpal tunnel with the median nerve.

The carpal tunnel can become narrower when swelling or the thickening of the tendons occurs, thus causing pressure on the median nerve. This nerve is responsible for controlling feeling to the palm side of the thumb and all fingers but the pinky. It also sends impulses to smaller muscles in your hand that assist with the movement of your fingers and thumb.

There are multiple reasons why some people are more prone to developing carpal tunnel problems, including repetitive stress injuries from forceful movements or using vibrating hand tools. Some people are predisposed to developing the condition because they have smaller carpal tunnels. Others may have experienced injuries, such as a fracture or sprain that have caused swelling in the tunnel. Certain medical conditions can also make you predisposed to developing carpal tunnel syndrome, including:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Fluid retention during pregnancy or menopause
  • Overactive pituitary gland

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may begin gradually. You might feel a burning, itching numbness or tingling sensation in your fingers or in the palm of your hand. Your hands might feel like they are swollen when they aren’t. Often, people who are suffering from this condition will wake up during the night having pain or numbness in one or both hands.

As this condition progresses, you might feel tingling in your hand(s) throughout the day. It may become difficult to make a first, pick up small objects or do work with your hands. In severe cases, you may have difficulty knowing whether something is hot or cold when you touch it.

Dr. Howard Marans Treats Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you suspect you have carpal tunnel syndrome, do not delay treatment. Dr. Howard Marans has successfully treated this condition with both non-surgical treatments and arthroscopic surgery when needed. Please schedule your consultation by calling us at 714.979.8981 or online by clicking the button below.