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In our wrists, there are eight small bones called the carpal bones and over them runs a tendon, together forming the carpal tunnel. Through this tunnel runs the main nerve to the hand and if this nerve becomes trapped or inflamed you have a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Most causes of carpal tunnel syndrome are work related and your employer should take steps to prevent it happening. If they do not and you contract the condition, it may be worth talking to the best solicitors in Diss about making a personal injury claim.
More details about the causes of carpal tunnel syndrome
There are many causes for carpal tunnel syndrome; a few examples are:
- Typing or constantly using a keyboard
- Continual use of vibrating tools
- Excessive forceful bending of the wrist
- Regular heavy lifting
- Repeated direct pressure on the base of the palm
- Excessive forceful pinch grips
The medical profession does not really understand why these actions cause carpal tunnel syndrome, but you need to stop whichever it is that is creating it in your wrist.
The signs of carpal tunnel syndrome
The signs of the condition are:
- Pins and needles in the middle and index fingers
- In the same two fingers, burning or tingling sensations
- Eventually this will turn to pain. It is not unusual for the pain to be in the hand and extend up the forearm
- Occasionally, some sufferers experience dry skin in the affected area
- At its worst, the thumb can become numb and weak causing a lack of grip. Eventually, if the condition is ignored, this can lead to muscle wasting at the base of the thumb.
Treating carpal tunnel syndrome
Once you realise there is a problem and have stopped the action that is causing it, you need to:
- Rest the wrist so it can recover
- Take painkillers
- Use a wrist splint to keep the tunnel in place without stress, particularly at night time
- Steroid injections are an option
- Surgery to release the nerve is only used in severe cases
It does tend to affect the over 50’s more than younger people, and women are more prone to carpal tunnel syndrome than men, particularly when they are pregnant, although it does usually disappear after the birth.
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Date Published: 14th December 2013
Author: David Brown