Do you experience a tingling sensation in your wrist? It may be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome. You have likely heard of this condition. It is common among athletes and certain forms of work.
The condition, carpal tunnel, is not known to be caused by activities. However, it is caused by specific nerves being compressed, and more times than not, and these nerves are compressed by certain activities performed. These specific nerves run through your hand and forearm. You may be able to identify the condition. But, identifying the cause can be challenging.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
A narrow passage runs through your palm, and the wrist is home to the median nerve and tendons. This passage is called the carpal tunnel. The nerve can function properly when this tunnel is unobstructed. Swelling causes the tunnel to narrow. This comprises the nerve, which causes pain. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome develop.
Do I Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome develops slowly. In fact, a tingling sensation of the hand is an early sign of it. Typically the thumb, index, and middle fingers are affected. This tingling is most common in the morning and when driving. The sensation can stay localized or spread to the arm. However, for some people, it comes and goes depending on activity. Sometimes, some even report the sensation as permanent. You may also notice that your grip is weaker, or you may experience numbness.
What Increases the Risk?
Some factors are out of your control. Carpal tunnel syndrome is more common among women. Some people are born with a narrow passage. Injuries can alter the bone structure in your hand. Certain conditions can also increase the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Pregnancy or menopause
Workplace conditions also affect the chances of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
Can This Tingling Sensation In Your Wrist Be Avoided?
It is not possible to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome. But, you can reduce the strain on your wrists, and proper posture is a must. And this is especially the case when using a computer keyboard and mouse. If work involves using your wrists, take breaks. Keep a light grip on items. Stretch your wrist and hands regularly. Cold hands are more negatively affected. So, keep your hands warm, wearing fingerless gloves if necessary.
When to See a Doctor for a Tingling Sensation in Your Wrist
If you notice any of the symptoms above, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome. Speak with your doctor if you feel a tingling sensation in your wrist. There are wrist specialists that can help manage your symptoms and pain.
Also, see: Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
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