If you use your hand in a repetitive fashion on an almost daily basis, such as typing on a keyboard or when performing manual labor, it can cause inflammation that affects tissue and a nerve that runs from your forearm to your fingers through your wrist bones. This condition is called carpal tunnel syndrome, and it can cause pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist that radiates up the forearm and sometimes into your shoulder. Symptoms can occur in both hands, but one hand is usually worse. The symptoms generally start gradually, but as they progress, you may find it difficult to form a fist, pick up small objects, or have a strong grip.
So how do you know if you carpel tunnel? Take a look at the most common symptoms.
With mild carpal tunnel symptoms, you may feel:
- Frequent burning. Itchiness or numbness in the thumb, the index finger, and the middle finger. You may have the urge to move or shake out your fingers to ease the discomfort.
- A tingling sensation that feels like your hand is falling asleep.
- A swollen feeling in your fingers even though there is no evidence of swelling.
- Periodic aching pain in your forearm in the area between your wrist and your elbow.
- Stiffness in your fingers first thing in the morning.
When your carpal tunnel is moderate to severe, you might feel:
- Reduced strength and grip
- Difficulty holding onto objects
- Trouble using your thumb to do things like open a jar or use a screwdriver
There are steps you can take to prevent the pain associated with carpal tunnel. For example, while on the job, you may find relief from carpal tunnel symptoms by taking regular breaks or wearing a splint to help keep the position of your wrist straight. It’s also a good idea to see your doctor if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel.
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