Carpal Tunnel Syndrome News

If you experience tingling, numbness or pain in your hand, it might stem from a condition called carpal tunnel syndrome. Unlike arthritis, which is pain related to the joint, carpal tunnel syndrome pain comes from pressure on a nerve.

Specifically, the "carpal tunnel" is a passage from the forearm to the hand that holds the median nerve and several tendons. When pressure builds up and squeezes this nerve, the result can be the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome -- including pain, tingling and numbness in the hands and fingers.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A variety of factors might contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome, though an exact cause is not known. In some instances, it's related to injury or overuse. For example, laborers who use vibrating hand tools are at a higher risk. People with certain diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, may also be at a higher risk, as are pregnant women. Some people are simply born with a narrower carpal tunnel and are more disposed to getting the disorder.

In addition to the pain, tingling and numbness, people with carpal tunnel syndrome may have reduced grip strength and drop things frequently. Over time, those with severe carpal tunnel syndrome may lose sensation in their hand and also begin to lose muscle mass in their thumb

Treatment

With mild cases, symptoms often can be minimized by changing the aggravating behaviors, wearing a splint to keep the wrist straight or sleeping in a night splint. Injections of corticosteroids are sometimes used to relieve pain and pressure in the carpal tunnel. In more severe situations, surgery to relieve the carpal tunnel syndrome is an option, though it can have some complications.

SOURCES: American Society for Surgery of the Hand; U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

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6/23/2017
Can Smartphone Use Bring on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Maybe, especially for folks who spend more than 5 hours a day on their devices, study says

6/22/2017
Technology and Hand Pain

Intensive gadget use may up your risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, study finds

3/24/2017
Physical Therapy as Good as Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Study

Conservative approach should be the first option, researcher says

3/15/2017
Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Physical therapy or surgery . . . Which works best for carpal tunnel syndrome?

9/26/2016
Health Tip: Tingling in Your Fingers?

It could be carpal tunnel syndrome

7/18/2016
Get Outside, Get Moving to Prevent 'Gamer's Thumb'

Playing video games hour after hour can trigger repetitive stress injuries, doctors warn

6/8/2016
Electroacupuncture Helped Ease Carpal Tunnel in Study

But experts say finding is preliminary, didn't include a control 'sham' treatment

4/21/2016
Health Tip: At Risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Age, medical conditions are factors

4/2/2015
Older Mexican-Americans Often Disabled, Study Says

Findings highlight growing need for long-term care

3/30/2015
Migraine, Carpal Tunnel May Be Linked

Patients with one are more than twice as likely to have the other, study says

9/3/2013
Steroid Shots a Temporary Fix for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Study

Three-quarters of patients still had to have surgery a year later

12/28/2012
Health Tip: Coping With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Here are potential nonsurgical treatment options

12/7/2012
As Doctors Go High-Tech, Staff Injuries May Rise

Poorly designed work spaces might lead to repetitive strain complaints, expert says

3/28/2012
Health Tip: Warning Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Usually more prominent on the thumb side of the hand

10/13/2011
9/20/2011
3/3/2011
Health Tip: Help Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Take frequent breaks from the computer

8/26/2010
Quality of Pain Counts as Much as Intensity, Researchers Say

Carpal tunnel syndrome study shows how different pain measurements can impact quality of life

8/16/2010
Students Warned to Beware of 'Laptop-itis'

Computer design can lead to injuries in heavy users, but simple steps can minimize risk, expert advises

1/20/2010
12/22/2009
Health Tip: Risk Factors for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Typical symptoms include pain in the wrist and hand

9/25/2009
Surgery Best for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Operation has modest advantage over non-surgical therapies, researchers say

7/10/2009
Carpal Tunnel Relief in a Cup

Healing method used around the world eases pain in small study

3/14/2007
Biomarkers Could Warn of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

They might be used to spot repetitive stress disorders before the pain starts

2/16/2007
Repetitive Hand Use Not the Culprit in Carpal Tunnel

Genetics, not tasks like typing, to blame for the painful syndrome, study finds

11/2/2006
Health Tip: Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Including pain and numbness of the wrist and hand

9/9/2006
'Blackberry Thumb' Proves a Sour Fruit of Modern Labor

Therapists offer preventive exercises for users of handheld digital devices

2/3/2005
Injections Best for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Comparison study finds less invasive treatment for painful condition works well

1/7/2005
Wrist Splints at Night Ease Carpal Tunnel Symptoms

Simple treatment can lessen numbness, research shows

7/28/2004
Women More Prone to Back Pain

Study also finds susceptibility to carpal tunnel syndronme

5/31/2004
Catch Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Early

It could ease pain and prevent permanent damage, experts say

4/18/2004
Don't Harvest Carpal Tunnel in Your Garden

Heed these tips on saving your wrists while you dig in the dirt

12/7/2003
Repetitive Tasks Tax the Bones

Such work can cause bone damage, a new study finds

10/25/2003
Ultrasound Spots Carpal Tunnel

It's effective at diagnosing syndrome, evaluating treatments afterwards

6/10/2003
Study Doubts Computer-Carpal Tunnel Link

Finds overall incidence low but higher with heavy mouse use

4/27/2003
Carpal Tunnel Strikes Slowly and Steadily

Tingling in wrist or hand may be first sign of the syndrome

10/6/2002
Steer Clear of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Experts outline prevention strategies

9/21/2002
Backsprain Is the No. 1 Workplace Injury

It accounts for more than half of 6 million annual on-the-job mishaps

9/10/2002
Study Backs Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Says it beats splinting for long-term relief

6/10/2002
Electrodiagnostic Tests Best for Carpal Tunnel

Three organizations endorse guideline for diagnosing disorder

4/5/2002
New Ergonomics Rules Target At-Risk Jobs

U.S. will now ask business to police itself

9/28/2001
Shake, Rattle and Roll

Rally car drivers at high risk for extreme vibration injuries

9/5/2001
Computer Quandary

Do they or don't they cause most repetitive stress injuries?

6/11/2001
It's All (Not) in the Wrist

Carpal tunnel syndrome not linked to computer use, says study