Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a problem of the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand. CTS occurs when the median nerve gets compressed in the carpal tunnel—a narrow tunnel at the wrist made up of bones and soft tissues, such as nerves, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.
It is the most expensive of all work related injuries. Over a lifetime, $30,000 could be spent on medical bills. CTS usually occurs in adults and is common in assembly line workers in manufacturing, sewing, fishing, cleaning, meatpacking.
A few symptoms include: burning, tingling, itching, and/or numbness in the palm of the hand and thumb, index, and middle fingers are most common.
There is treatment for CTS. Initial therapy includes:
- Resting the affected hand and wrist
- Avoiding activities that may worsen symptoms
- Immobilizing the wrist in a splint to avoid further damage from twisting or bending
- Applying cool packs to help reduce swelling from inflammation.
It is best to visit me if you have CTS because the majority of patients recover completely with the proper treatment.