Causes & Symptoms
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition characterised by pain, numbness, and weakness in the hand and wrist. It arises from excessive pressure on the median nerve as it travels through the wrist (carpal tunnel). For most patients, this condition worsens over time if left untreated, resulting in long-term impairment of the hand, reduced sensation in the fingers, and weakness. Therefore, it is crucial to seek prompt carpal tunnel treatment in Singapore.
The carpal tunnel is a small passageway located in the wrist. Several small wrist bones, known as carpal bones, form the floor and walls of the tunnel. This tunnel surrounds the median nerve and the flexor tendons responsible for bending the fingers and thumbs. The median nerve is a major nerve in the hand that provides sensation in the thumb and the index, middle, and thumb sides of the ring fingers, except the small finger (pinky). The flexor tendons of the fingers and thumb also pass through the carpal tunnel along with the nerve.
Common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
Early and mild symptoms may be alleviated by simple carpal tunnel syndrome treatments, such as wearing a wrist support, exercising, and avoiding strenuous activities.
Carpal tunnel syndrome in Singapore is often caused by the following:
Women are three times as likely as men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome, which is also commonly diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 60. People who are involved in certain activities and occupations that require repetitive wrist motions or prolonged wrist flexion may also be at increased risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
Other risk factors that increase one’s likelihood of developing carpal tunnel syndrome include:
Carpal tunnel syndrome treatment will then depend greatly on the severity of the condition, which the doctor will first have to properly diagnose.
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