A Basic Explanation of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome On this Page: What happens? A common test How does it happen? What can be done? Common Terms
What Happens Fatigue, Pain, Tingling, Weakness of Grip, Loss of Dexterity, Stiffness, Cramping, Numbness, Cold, Burning. They may often occur during or after periods of rest or sleep. In advanced cases, you may feel pain or cramping around the base of the thumb or your thumb may become nonfunctional.
These symptoms often characterize the common disorder. By the time you feel any of them in your hand, wrist or arm, cell degeneration is in process and should be taken seriously. It often progresses rapidly if ignored and doesn't take years to develop as many think. Often, just a few mild instances suddenly never go away or are brought on by ever decreasing effort.
A common test for CTS is Phalen's Maneuver . Put the backs of your hands together while keeping your arms parallel to the floor and your fingers pointing down. Hold your hands together firmly. If within a minute, you experience one, or a combination, of the symptoms, you probably have the disorder. Don't hold this position for more than a minute or after any symptoms occur.
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