By Arthur L. Endersson, M.D., FACS
If you occasionally wake up during the night to find your hand numb and tingling (pins and needles), you might start to get concerned. It is even more concerning if you start waking up more and more often. You will first think you slept on your arm or hand wrong. But after several nights of this you might think it's your arthritis acting up – or maybe worse – that it's carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Either arthritis or CTS can produce these symptoms of waking with painful, tingly or numb hand. CTS symptoms can be very similar to arthritis symptoms, so it is important to know the characteristics of each condition. And if you already have arthritis, it raises your risk for getting carpal tunnel syndrome.
WHAT IS CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME?
Deep inside your wrist joint you have a narrow space that's formed in between your bones and ligaments. This is called the "carpal tunnel". The median nerve runs through this tunnel, and the median nerve controls all of the sensations in your thumb, index finger, and middle finger. The carpal tunnel is also a passageway for your flexor tendons (the ones responsible for closing your fingers and making a fist). When those flexor tendons get inflamed, they can irritate the median nerve. That causes pain, numbness and tingling in your fingers, hand and arm. This is the underlying cause of the condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. The two most common types of arthritis – rheumatoid and osteoarthritis – raise the risk for having CTS. That's because they contribute to the inflammation of the carpal tunnel tendons.
SYMPTOMS UNIQUE TO CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
It is well known that arthritis causes symptoms like pain and tingling of your hand. But it can be confusing to distinguish rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis from carpal tunnel syndrome. There are, however, signs and symptoms that are specific and distinctive of CTS.
Carpal tunnel syndrome causes tingling and numbness that:
• Affects your thumb and first 2 or 3 fingers, but not your little finger
• Wakes you up at night or worse in the morning
• Gets better if you shake your hand (true mostly in the early stages of CTS)
• Is activated by holding a phone or driving
• Is activated by repetitive motion
• Radiates up your forearm toward your elbow
• Can be played by over-flexing your wrist (bending your fingers toward your forearm)
Carpal tunnel syndrome is best treated with a traction brace. This relieves pressure on you median nerve and allows the inflammation to subside. The most acclaimed traction brace is the CPR (which means "Carpal Pain Relief"). This simple product is extremely affordable and easy to use. And it's proven to be highly effective in relieving the pain, numbness and tingling of carpal tunnel syndrome. You wear the CPR like a wrist brace, and doing so relieves the pressure on your median nerve as you go about your day. Almost instantly, pain, tingling, numbness, soreness, and weakness are gone forever.
Simply put, the CPR is the most affordable and most effective remedy you can use. Patients say the CPR is the LAST treatment they have ever used, because symptoms disappear for good.
Get rid of carpal tunnel today. Get the CPR and get fast relief!
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