Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 by anna

If not in front of the television set working the remote control at a furious pace, then in front of the computer typing or clicking away with blazing speeds—this is a common scene in many homes and if you are not one of these individuals then it could be one of your family members or a close friend. People who work on the computer keyboard for long stretches of time are one of the groups with the greatest risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Keep these telltale signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in mind so that you can watch out for them and seek treatment early, both for yourself and your near and dear ones:

  • The earliest sign of Carpal Tunnel syndrome is an irritating pain in the wrist and palm side hand. These symptoms usually occur in both the hands and even if one hand happens to be pain-free, tests almost always reveal abnormalities in the conduction of nerve signals.
  • People who are in their early stages of Carpal Tunnel syndrome also experience feelings of numbness, tingling, and even burning on the palm side of their index, middle, and ring fingers. Sometimes, these sensations move up the forearm.
  • If the above signs of Carpal Tunnel syndrome are not treated, they intensify and may also lead to the entire hand becoming numb. Some people report losing their ability to feel heat or cold while many feel a persistent weakness in their hands, which in turn, impedes their ability to grip on to objects.
  • An almost confirmatory sign of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the patient having a feeling of swelling in his hand even though there are no outward manifestations.

It is also worth noting that these symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome develop and intensify throughout a span of many weeks and months. So it is imperative that those who experience these symptoms persistently should consult a physician immediately. Call us at the Global Pain & Spine Clinic to seek the most effective treatment that will relieve the pain associated with this condition and also ensure that you or your loved one can resume activities at the earliest. Give us a call at 847-299-7000 to make an appointment.


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