Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful problem of the wrist, hand, and fingers. It is very common.
What is the cause?
The pain is caused by pressure on a nerve inside your wrist.
People who use their hands and wrists in the same way a lot of the time can get this problem. For example, carpenters and typists often have this problem.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can also be caused by a wrist injury or problems like diabetes or arthritis. Some women have it during pregnancy.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms may include:
Pain in your hand or wrist. It may hurt the most when you use your hand. You may have more pain at night.
Numbness or tingling in your hands and wrists
Hands that are more sensitive to cold
Dropping things more often
How is it treated?
Your healthcare provider may tell you to:
Rest your hands more often.
Change the way you use your hands.
Wear a wrist splint.
Do wrist exercises.
Your provider may also give you medicine to help the swelling and pain. Sometimes you may need surgery.
If you have a disease that is causing the problem, like arthritis, treating the disease may help your symptoms.
How can I take care of myself?
Do what your healthcare provider says. You can also:
Put your arm up on pillows when you sit or lie down.
Use different tools or use your other hand.
Try not to use your hand too much.
Try not to bend your wrists.
How can I help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome?
Make sure that your hands and wrist are comfortable when you work.
Take regular breaks.
Donâ€™t rest your wrists on hard surfaces for a long time.
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Adult Advisor 2015.1 published by RelayHealth. Last modified: 2014-10-06 Last reviewed: 2014-10-06
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