Injuries, genetics and repetitive use of your hands can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), an uncomfortable condition of one or both hands and fingers which develops over time. CTS is caused by compression of the median nerve. This nerve travels down the arm into the hand and can be compressed or squeezed as it passes through the narrow path at the wrist.
The pain and irritation of CTS can hinder a person’s ability to function at work and home. This condition is leading cause of lost time at work in the United States.
What Are the Warning Signs of CTS?
The most common warning signs are pain, tingling or numbness of all fingers except the pinky, which usually worsens at night or when the hand is warm.
Other symptoms may include:
- Feeling your fingers are full or swollen
- Pain from your hand traveling up your arm
- Weakness in your hand, making it difficult to pick up and hold objects
- Decrease in the size of muscles at the base of the thumb
Once detected, preventative measures can be taken to relieve pain, restore function and prevent the problem from worsening. If you think you might have CTS, a hand specialist at Advanced Orthopedic Specialists such as Dr. Andrew Trueblood can help. He is the region’s only board certified orthopedic hand surgeon, specializing in conditions which impact everything from the collarbone to fingertips. No referral is needed. Call 573-335-8257 today.