What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition of pain, numbness, and weakness associated with compression of the median nerve located in the wrist. It is often caused by pressure from swollen tissues and tendons. If left untreated, CTS can lead to considerable discomfort, impaired function of the hand(s), and permanent disability. It is the most common hand disorder, affecting 1-5% of the general population usually caused from repetitive motion activities.
SYMPTOMS include: numbness and tingling in the hands - pain at night generally relieved with shaking - pain in the day may radiate up to forearm, elbow or shoulder - weakness in the hand and difficulty holding/grasping objects. Early treatment is crucial with CTS to prevent permanent nerve damage.
Physical therapy is an excellent choice for conservative CTS management. If you feel you may have CTS, contact your physician for early diagnosis and for treatment options.
Posted on 04/04/2012 9:07 AM by Kasey Cartwright, PT