Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is just one of numerous sub-injuries falling under a blanket term known as “Repetitive Strain Injury” (RSI); an umbrella that covers millions of injured workers that are suffering from a variety of real-life, “condition-specific”, disabling disorders.
For some, CTS is be very debilitating, causing loss or work and income, while for others, CTS is only a slight annoyance in which the victim pays little to no attention to. In many cases, CTS never progresses from a simple annoyance, however if you are one of the hundreds of thousands suffering from mild to severe CTS, you have likely openly complained and found yourself either spending time researching information on the subject, at the physicians’ office looking for advice, or both.
Symptoms of CTS varies from person to person, but key signals to look for are; pins and needles affecting the thumb, index, middle and half of the ring finger, but not necessarily simultaneously, Loss of strength in the hands / wrist (such as holding a coffee cup) and diminished coordination (as when holding &/or using a tooth brush) and finally, tightness, discomfort, stiffness and pain located on the palm side of the hands and wrist.
CTS is the impingement of the median nerve that supplies function and feeling to the thumb, index, middle and one-half of the ring finger. What causes this impingement is actually quite a hot topic between experts, however most agree on these four (4) potential causes for CTS;
1) Repetitive motions causing a muscle imbalance between the strong, over used muscles on the palm of the hand, verses the weak, under used muscles on the backside of the hand,
2) Pregnancy, due to water tension,
3) Obesity and
If you believe you may have CTS, it is always best to consult your physician, however, even in this day and time, not all physicians are educated on the wide variety of RSI's and therefore many patients are misdiagnosed.
If you know someone who was successfully treated for CTS, ask them the name of the doctor they saw or which treatment relieved their symptoms. Educating yourself on the internet is also wise, however keep in mind anyone can write about anything, so just because it's on the Internet, doesn't mean it's correct information.
Best of luck!!
Author: Staff Writer - RR
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