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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms

Updated on September 30, 2011

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is an increasingly common problem in our society of computers users and office workers. The symptoms of CTS are:

  • pain
  • numbness
  • tingling
  • burning sensations

All of these are in the hand and fingers.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by the inflammation of fascial tissues around the median nerve in the wrist. This can happen if you are overweight or if you do a lot of typing. When you are typing, the movement of the tendons that run through the carpal tunnel cause irritation and inflammation which in turn cause the nerves to be compressed by the inflamed area. This is what causes the pain.

There are a few different ways to treat this. The most common is called carpal tunnel release surgery. This is where the surgeon will slice the wrist open and cut the transverse carpal ligament. This is the first thing most doctors will tell you.

There are however several natural non-invasive treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome also. These include stretching, massage, ice treatments and heat treatments. There are also wrist supports that cal help you limit the movement of your wrist.

I would recommend finding a good massage therapist or physical therapist before you get your wrist cut open.


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