Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The carpal tunnel is a passageway that runs through the wrist on the palm-side of your hands. The carpal tunnel protects a primary nerve along with tendons that are responsible for bending your fingers. With technology, the use of fingers in a profession is critical, and this Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can severely limit the ability to work efficiently in today’s society.

Symptoms

Numbness of the Hand/Wrist:
People suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome experience a numbness in their fingers that usually happens when they are gripping an object. The numbness feeling typically originates in the wrist and can travel through the arm. People often shake there hands in an attempt to relieve the annoying feeling (somewhat similar to when your hand falls asleep). The numbness can become chronic as the condition escalates.

Weakness of the Hands’ Normal Functions:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can cause the hands to become weak. The ability to grip items is diminished and objects are more prone to be dropped. This is because the median nerve that is affected by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome controls the ability to grip items.

Causes

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a result of the compression of the median nerve. This can be induced by daily activities such as keyboard typing and cooking.

The condition causes tingling and numbness in the hands and arms, and common causes are:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Trauma
  • Prediabetes (impaired glucose tolerance)

Dr. Puppala can first pinpoint the primary causes of your CTS, and he will work with you to treat the condition while limiting the debilitating effects it can impose on your daily activities.