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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Who Does it Affect?
Carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, is a painful and debilitating condition that affects the hands and wrists. Tingling, numbness, and pain in the wrist, hands, and fingers are usual symptoms of carpal tunnel.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve, which runs from the forearm to the hand. The nerve passes through an area in the wrist called the carpal tunnel.
Swelling, tension, or irritation of the tendons in the wrist squeezes the median nerve. This pressure causes itchy, burning, or numbness and tingling in the palm and fingers, usually the thumb and index and middle fingers, and ring fingers.
There are various causes of carpal tunnel, and people from all walks of life suffer from this painful condition.
However, there are three large groups of people that carpal tunnel hand pain affects.
Carpal Tunnel and Pregnancy
The first group includes women who are pregnant. Also, carpal tunnel is a common condition in women between the ages of 45 and 64 who work.
In fact, women are three times more likely to develop carpal tunnel than men. The Wisconsin Medical Journal reports that the prevalence of pregnant women who suffer from carpal tunnel is as high as up to 62%.
One of the reasons pregnant women develop carpal tunnel is because of fluid retention during the third trimester of pregnancy. Fluid buildup in the wrist’s tissues causes compression of the median nerve, thereby causing hand pain and numbness.
Hand and wrist pain makes it difficult to sleep at night and to do simple things such as picking up a cup of coffee.
The effects of carpal tunnel syndrome often last after birth, making it difficult for new mothers to care for their newborns.
People with diabetes are fifteen times more likely to get carpal tunnel syndrome than those who do not have diabetes. In addition, a recent study found that carpal tunnel syndrome is often an indicator of the potential to develop Type 2 diabetes.
A direct cause of carpal tunnel syndrome in diabetics is unknown. But researchers believe that the high blood sugar or glucose levels in diabetics inflames the tendons in the arms and wrists, which results in pressure on the median nerve.
Other conditions associated with carpal tunnel syndrome and diabetics are high blood pressure, autoimmune disorders, and thyroid conditions.
Assembly line Workers
Assembly-line workers and those who work in industries that require repetitive motion of the hands and wrists are also more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Meat and poultry packers, manufacturing workers, and those in the sewing, finishing, and cleaning industries are more prone to develop carpal tunnel hand pain than the general population.
Research shows those whose work involves high-force, repetitive manual movements, such as butchers, grocery store workers, and frozen-food factory workers, are 5% to 21% more likely to develop CTS.
CTS hand pain is often so bad it leaves people without the ability to work. This impacts the workers and the industries in which they work, often resulting in workers’ compensation costs, disability, income loss, and lost productivity.
How to Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The options to treat carpal tunnel syndrome are limited.
Surgery is often done, but it is a painful and sometimes complicated procedure.
Hand braces do not reduce swelling to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome, but only mobilize the hand and wrist so the condition does not worsen. Wearing a hand brace makes it difficult to work, and are uncomfortable to wear.
Pregnant women may want to avoid steroids and other medications. And oftentimes, people with other medical conditions, cannot take medication to treat carpal tunnel syndrome.
However, there is one solution that does not use drugs, steroids, and avoids the need for surgery.
CarpalAID® is a small patch worn on the palm. It is placed on the palm and works by gently lifting the soft tissue of the hand, reducing the pressure on the median nerve.
It can be worn while at work or overnight, and it often relieves hand pain in as little as 30 minutes.
If you would like to know more about carpal tunnel or CarpalAID®, send us a message or call us at 877-877-5332.
In diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome, it is important to consult with your physician.
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