A tunnel or passageway inside the wrist that is surrounded by bones and ligaments is called carpal tunnel. In order to protect the median nerve, the nerve goes through the arm, then the forearm and then down the hand.
Due to the overuse of the fingers and wrist muscles in a particular type of pattern of movement like typing, squeezing, gripping, etc., there develops an imbalance of muscles, which cause the carpal bones to shift.
This makes the carpal tunnel smaller and intrudes the structures within resulting in throbbing and incapacitating symptoms. The carpal tunnel syndrome concerns millions of Americans each and every year. This ailment is caused due to a number of professions and mostly due to stress factors.
Some tasks involved repeated same type of movements of the hands, some involve non-moving gripping action, some is concerned with duration and others force – this involves overuse of specific muscles. Due to the one-way movement, the structural imbalance becomes extremely common, which entraps the median nerve and causes a carpal tunnel condition.
Some of the symptoms of the carpal tunnel syndrome are: Numbness in one or both the hands, a tingling sensation in the hands, recurrent sharp ache that spreads out throughout the arm and the shoulder, uneasiness or pain in one or both the hands, limitation of muscle of the index and middle fingers as well as the thumb, falling of objects due to the deficiency in feelings of the hand, the actions that need fine hand motor skills might prove complex if not totally unattainable, loss of coordination in the hands, paresthesia or pains like the prick of pins and needle, etc.
Besides these, stiffness of the hands, discomfort, tightness as well as the pain in the posterior side of the hand and wrist may be current in the carpal tunnel but these symptoms are also found in general repetitive strain injury. Carpal syndrome symptoms are also felt in the thumb, middle, index and at times in one half of the ring finger.
Those who are experiencing these types of symptoms, they should not ignore. A physician or expert professional must be consulted to deal with it effectively.