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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

In today’s society, we spend a huge part of our lives either in front of computers screens or tablets. When we are not in front of those devices we "take a break" by going outside and then we start using our mobile phone. It is no wonder that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the biggest work health and safety concenrn in today's workforce and the reason companies are choosing to provide their staff to a vertical ergonomic mouse. People that suffer a numbness, tingling weakness or any other hand related problems because of the pressure on the median nerve in your wrist.

The median nerve is responsible for controlling movement and feeling in you first three fingers and your thumb. It has a number of tendons that go from your forearm through to your hand utilizing a very small space called the carpal tunnel. Hence the name Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

 

What are the symptoms?

At a very high-level anything that causes pressure on the median never causes carpal tunnel syndromeCarpal Tunnel Syndrome. This is caused by inflammation or swelling, basically, anything that makes the area smaller.

In the modern day, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by the same hand movement over and over again especially when the wrist is bent down and the movement is done over and over again. Hence the reason people are choosing to switch to the vertical ergonomic mouse.  There are other factors that can cause carpal tunnel syndromes such as specific illnesses e.g. hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes. Some woman also suffers from the pain during pregnancy but this normally goes away once the baby is born.

 

How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome diagnosed?

Although in the Dr. Google age, we love the idea of self-diagnoses. The only real way to identify if you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is to seek the advice of a medical professional. They will ask you a serious of questions including your medical history and if you have had problems with hypothyroidism, arthritis, or diabetes or as mentioned above if you are pregnant.

The doctor will also ascertain if you have had any falls or are currently suffering from pain in your arm, neck or wrist. During the exam, the doctor will also ask a serious of questions around your daily activity – remember to be honest and not lie about how much time you spend on your phone or in front of a computer. The doctor will also check strength, feeling, and appearance of your shoulder, next arms, hands, and wrist. Follow up test such has a blood test and nerve test may also be required. if want assistance in choosing the right mouse for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome check out our guide. As always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.