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Carpal Tunnel Myths Versus the Facts

Frank Stafford

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While carpal tunnel disease is an extremely common hand condition, not all hand discomfort is necessarily an indicator of the problem. People often experience momentary pain or stinging sensations in their hands and fingers, and immediately attribute these feelings to carpal tunnel. Yes, these sensations can oftentimes be indicators of the disease, but they are hardly a definite diagnosis of the condition. There is no shortage of myths surrounding the disease, and these myths may cause patients haphazardly starting more serious treatment programs than they may require. Below are some of the most well-known C. T. S. misconceptions that patients sometimes have about carpal tunnel.

Hand Aching Results From CTS

Pain in the hand region isn’t necessarily an accurate way to detect carpal tunnel syndrome. Although people who currently suffer from will likely experience a large amount of discomfort in the wrist, it's a telltale symptom of carpal tunnel disease. In actuality, aching in the wrists may suggest one of several hand disorders, including tendonitis or arthritis – both of which should be dealt with by a hand specialist. In order to determine whether your wrist aching is a carpal tunnel sign, your surgeon will review at your medical history before conducting tests to diagnose your disease. Many physical therapists can even use electrical impulse testing to identify where your pain is, and what precisely causing it.

Keyboards are Responsible for causing Carpal Tunnel

It's no question that the time that we spend at the keyboard – typing and clicking a mouse – has increased greatly over the past years, which makes many people insist that increased computer use is the culprit for carpal tunnel. But these people are guilty of confusing correlation with causation. Despite the fact that patients with carpal tunnel disease probably use computers often, that does not mean that increased technology use is the main source of their disease. Typing away for hours on end will certainly be uncomfortable for your hands, but it is unlikely that it is the only cause of your aching. Research shows that C. T. S. can be linked more strongly to movement that involves strenuous or unorthodox use of the hands for long periods (e. g. sewing, custodial work, painting), as well as other factors such as injury, diabetes and even pregnancy.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Mostly Affects Men

Because males are more frequently associated with the type of work that has been connected with carpal tunnel syndrome, people assume that the disorder is more common in the male demographic. Of course there are many of cases of C. T. men, however, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), females are three times as likely to suffer from the condition than men. Consider this: the C. T. S. is a small area through which the tendons and nerves travel to enter your hand; females are generally smaller, therefore the woman's carpal tunnel region is understandably smaller. Even the smallest amount of inflammation can trigger the indicators of carpal tunnel like numbness and stinging in the fingers , burning feelings in the arms/hands, or a weaker grip.

Only a Hand Surgeon can Relieve the Disease

It's true that many cases of carpal tunnel syndrome should be treated with surgery to reduce the discomfort from symptoms. In fact, carpal tunnel release surgery tops the list of the most frequently-performed surgeries in the world. The surgery is the most effective way to treat the signs of C. T. S. and ensure that the disorder does not return in the future. Regardless, CTS surgery is not necessarily the solution for every person who's dealing with uncomfortable wrist pain. Physicians should always thoroughly investigate conservative methods of treatment to treat your condition before recommending surgery. Hand surgery is always reserved for the most severe cases, but there are lots of options used for treating patients with manageable CTS.

The only way to properly understand yourself about CTS is to visit a hand specialist. Specialists are eager to answer any concerns that you have about hand care, and suggest the best method of treatment for your affliction.


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