How To Tell If You Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, sometimes simply referred to as CTS, is damage to the hands, wrists, and arms that occurs in many people, especially those who work with keyboards, musical instruments or any other handheld equipment that puts repetitive strain on the hand.

WHAT IS IT

The first thing you need to know is the definition of the carpal tunnel. With your palm face up, it is the central passage that connects your hand and your forearm. In this tunnel are your bones, tendons and a nerve called the median nerve. The median nerves control the functions of your thumb, forefinger, middle finger and even ring finger. Amazingly enough, the pinky is the one finger not affected by the median nerve.

SIGNS OF A PROBLEM

There are several signs, ranging from mild to severe that can indicate carpal tunnel damage. When these signs become consistent, you should see a doctor right away to discuss treatment options and prevent further damage if any of these are felt:
•    Numbness: not feeling anything in certain areas of the hand and arm
•    Tingling: that needling feeling that occurs when circulation is trying to restore to the body
•    Weakness: a slackened grip or the inability to hold objects
Carpal tunnel syndrome is treatable but is often hard to detect because most people ignore the symptoms until they are severe. To be certain that you are not suffering from CTS, call Berkower Pain and Spine Rehabilitation at 954-430-9972.

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