Carpal tunnel syndrome, what it is and how to prevent it
Carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, is a condition that occurs when the median nerve supplying the nervous energy needed by the forearm is pressed, or ‘pinched,’ while passing though the carpal tunnel, a cavity enclosed by ligaments and different bones in the wrist. When the median nerve that supplies nervous energy in the forearm is pinched, complications such as numbness, weakness and tingling sensation in one forearm may occur.
Because carpal tunnel syndrome can be a result of forceful, repetitive motions, a Providence workplace accidents attorney may tell you that this condition can be a result of a poorly-designed workplace. Lack of adequate break times to do some stretching and to rest the arms can also result in carpal tunnel syndrome. Assembly line and clerical workers are at highest risk of this disease, although workers who operate heavy vibratory equipment, such as jackhammers, may also be vulnerable.
Apart from occupation, there are other risks associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Women, for instance, are more prone to this condition because of smaller carpal tunnel. A dislocated wrist, or a musculoskeletal condition affecting the wrists and the hands, can also result in carpal tunnel syndrome. Pregnant or menopause women are also at higher risk of this disease because of fluid retention. Fluid retention that causes carpal tunnel syndrome can also be a result of thyroid diseases, obesity, and kidney damage. Finally, nerve-damaging illnesses such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis may also result in the weakening of the median nerve, making you more prone to carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you are experiencing numbness, tingling or weakness in one of your forearm and in your fingers, and if you are at risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, it is important to see your doctor for a prompt treatment. Depending on the severity, your doctor may apply wrist splints and recommend medications to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. For more severe cases, surgery might be required.