Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the occupational disease of the 21st century. Do you have it?
- Tingling and numbness in the hand, fingers, and wrist
- Swelling of the fingers
- Dry palms
- Blanching (whitening upon pressure) of the hand
- Hand pain so intense that it awakens you at night
- Similar symptoms in the upper arm, elbow, shoulder, or neck
Just about anyone can get CTS. Years ago telegraph operators, seamstresses, carpenters, and meat cutters were the main sufferers from this condition. Today its office workers, computer operators, musicians, and assembly line workers, among others. Looking closely you can see that not only are the wrists being used to perform repetitive tasks, but the neck and entire spinal column are also involved in activities.
The medical approach to CTS is to stop using the wrist, in the same way, be wearing a splint (wrist immobilization). Resting the wrist has worked for many people. In others, ice or anti-inflammatories were needed. As many as 100,000 operations a year are performed for CTS and recovery can take longer than 6 months.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to visit your physician for diagnosis and treatment. Remember, the sooner you are diagnosed the sooner you can begin treatment!