You may be an expert on many things, but you may not know what the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a hand condition that occurs when the median nerve in hand becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. If you have started to experience some of the symptoms listed below, you may be suffering from this condition. Read on to learn more.
Inability to Move Wrist from Side to Side
If you have started to experience a loss of mobility in your wrist, especially when you try to move it from side to side, this may be an indication that you have carpal tunnel syndrome. To ease the tension and gain some mobility back, try to push through the stiffness if your wrist permits and perform wrist exercises like moving it back and forth and pulling your fingers back toward your arm.
It’s normal to have your hand or arm go numb if you’ve been sleeping on it, resting on it, or doing something out of the ordinary. It is not normal if you are experiencing frequent numbness, however. Numbness is indicative of a problem with the nerves in your hand and wrist which could mean that you are suffering from a variety of things including carpal tunnel syndrome.
Pain and Swelling
One of the worst parts about carpal tunnel syndrome is that patients experience a combination of pain and swelling in their wrists and hands. To gain some temporary relief from both of these symptoms, try taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication like Ibuprofen.
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, it can be treated in a variety of different ways including a wrist brace, massage, physical therapy, and surgery. To learn more about carpal tunnel syndrome or your treatment options, contact Dr. George Philip Smith today!