Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
What is the Carpal Tunnel?
The Carpal Tunnel is located on the palm side of your wrist. It is a tunnel to protect the median nerve which controls index and middle finger function.
If there is any kind of blockage, pressure or inflammation in this tunnel it puts pressure on the nerve, creating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Carpal Tunnel syndrome typically starts with a vague aching in your wrist that can extend to your hand or forearm.
- Tingling or numbness in your fingers or hand, especially thumb, index, middle or ring fingers, but not little finger. This often occurs upon awakening with many people “shaking out” their hands to relieve their symptoms.
- Pain from your wrist up your arm to your shoulder or down into your palm or fingers, especially after forceful or repetitive use.
- Weakness in your hands and a tendency to drop objects.
- A loss of feeling in some fingers.
Typically patients go to a doctor complaining of some or all of the above symptoms, they have an ultrasound or similar investigation and then have carpal tunnel surgery. They are then frustrated because the symptoms don’t go away.
The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel are symptoms of a problem to the Median Nerve. This nerve runs from the neck, through the shoulder, upper arm, elbow and forearm, through the Carpal Tunnel in the wrist and into the hand. This means that compromise at any point can cause these symptoms.
This means that the entire route of the Median Nerve must be examined to determine the actual location of the pressure on the nerve.
If you have pain in both wrists it is CRITICAL to get a proper assessment of the neck
Is my computer giving me Carpal Tunnel?
Honestly, probably not, but it might be giving you Carpal Tunnel like symptoms. I call this “iPain”. The hunched over, crounched in posture that we all use on laptops, tablets and smartphones can cause all kinds of neck and shoulder issues. Which cause similar symptoms.