Warning Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

carpal tunnel warning signsCarpal tunnel syndrome is an emerging trend among a generation of people who work heavily on computers. Over-reliance on smartphones and other electronic devices has also led to an increase of patients developing median nerve compression. Arthritis and injury can also cause this painful condition.

The median nerve provides motor function to your wrist, forearm, and hand, so when you experience carpal tunnel syndrome, mobility in these areas is heavily affected. The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can develop slowly over time, and it is important to reach out to a hand & upper extremity specialist if you experience any of these signs.

Tingling

Nerve compression, or a pinched nerve, creates that telltale “pins and needles” sensation that many patients report. This is often one of the earliest signs that there is compression in the carpal tunnel, which is an opening that runs through your wrist.

You will likely feel this tingling in your fingers, especially when engaging in repetitive motions, such as typing or texting.

Weakness in Hands

Do you find it more difficult to hold or grasp objects than you used to? If so, carpal tunnel syndrome could be the reason. As compression builds and the median nerve is pinched more, inflammation throughout the carpal tunnel can make it more difficult for you to hold things.

If you’re frequently dropping objects or struggling to maintain your usual grip, it’s best to reach out to a professional for an examination.

Burning in the Thumb, Index, and Middle Fingers

Many patients with carpal tunnel will report a burning sensation that wraps between their thumb, index, and middle fingers. This burning can be mild to severe, but it is always an unsettling experience and a good reason to seek a professional’s diagnosis.

How Do You Diagnose Carpal Tunnel?

Beyond a physical exam, the doctor may perform electrodiagnostic tests to determine how well the muscles and nerves in your hands and wrists are working. Sometimes, doctors also want to perform a CT scan to gauge the exact level of nerve compression and tissue damage in the carpal tunnel.

We will walk you through the process to find the right solution for your case. Whether or not you have carpal tunnel syndrome, your symptoms deserve treatment.

Schedule an Appointment Today

You can discuss your symptoms with a hand & upper extremity specialist at Granite Orthopaedics. Our offices in Prescott and Prescott Valley, AZ, help northern Arizona residents get expert care whenever they need it. Please schedule an appointment online or call us at 928-777-9950.

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