Did you know carpal tunnel syndrome is a leading cause of lost time at work in the United States? Injuries, genetics, and repetitive use of our hands can lead to this painful condition of the hand and fingers caused by compression of the median nerve. This can cause irritation and hinder a person’s ability to function while performing daily tasks at work and home.
The most common warning signs of carpal tunnel syndrome are pain, tingling, and numbness in the fingers (all but the pinky). Other symptoms may include:
- A feeling that your fingers are full or swollen
- Pain from your hand up your arm
- Pain, tingling, and numbness usually worsens at night and when the affected hand is warm
- Weakness in your hand, making it difficult to pick up and hold objects
- Muscles at the base of the thumb becoming smaller than they used to be
Once detected, preventative measures can be taken to relieve pain, restore function, and prevent the problem from worsening.
If you think you might have carpal tunnel syndrome, schedule an appointment with a DMOS hand specialist to evaluate and treat your symptoms.
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