Carpal tunnel syndrome describes the compression of the median nerve by the tissues of the hand.
The median nerve passes through the palm of your hand through a tiny opening called the carpal tunnel. This nerve is responsible for the sensation of your thumb, index finger, long finger, and a portion of the ring finger. Additionally, the median nerve stimulates the muscle of your thumb to contract.
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, carpal tunnel syndrome affects 3–6% of the general population. Additionally, 0.1–0.3% of the population develops new cases of this disease every year.
The Signs and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome follow the path of the median nerve, manifesting as:
- The frequent dropping of objects
- Feeling that your hand is falling asleep
- Tingling and pain in your thumb and the first three fingers of your hand
- A burning sensation that travels up the arm
- A weakness of the hand muscles
The treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome
The treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome depends on the severity of your symptoms.
According to the guidelines released by the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome should focus on non-surgical solutions to avoid long-lasting complications. Possible non-surgical options include a wrist splint, corticosteroid injection, or both.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very prevalent condition that affects millions of people around the world. If you believe you have carpal tunnel syndrome, telemedicine makes it possible for you to get the care you deserve. Schedule a virtual consultation with a Telakai Health online Provider and get on the road to recovery. Schedule your visit today.