What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition where the median nerve is compressed or squeezed as it passes through the carpal tunnel in your hand. To be exact, it is the narrow passageway at the base of the hand, near the wrist.
What are the symptoms for carpal tunnel syndrome?
- Tingling or numbness in your fingers or the palm of the hand, feeling similar to pins & needles.
- Swollen and/or weak fingers making it difficult to grip as usual or hold items
- Pain that can radiate up the arm to the elbow or down towards your fingers.
- Weakness in the muscles of the hand
It is typical for the dominant hand to develop symptoms first.
What causes carpal tunnel?
Carpal tunnel is commonly caused due to excess pressure in your wrist and on the median nerve. This causes inflammation, when this happens, the inflammation can cause swelling.
Lifestyle factors may increase the causation of carpal tunnel, such as jobs that involve repetitive wrist movement E.g. Manufacturing, assembly line work, construction work etc.
A carpal tunnel brace or carpal tunnel wrist brace are suitable symptom relief products for carpal tunnel. Ideal for relief from symptoms of carpel tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, and other related ailments. Try the Everyday Wrap Around Wrist Support or Adjustable Wrist Support.
Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Important: consult a health professional in case of an injury or if you suspect overuse of joints or a medical condition such as a fracture. A physician should be consulted in those acute cases when the condition is accompanied by reddening, swelling or hyperthermia of joints, ongoing joint trouble or severe pain and/or are associated with neurological symptoms (e.g. numbness, tingling, loss of motion).