The causes of carpal tunnel syndrome are straightforward and easy to recognize. CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) in its simplest form is caused by repetitious movement of the carpal tunnel areas. There are many jobs and activities that could affect your chances of your getting CTS.
Imagine you’re a jackhammer operator. You enjoy your job and its great pay. Without proper protection however, you may not even realize the damage this job could be doing to you. The consistent vibration that your carpal tunnel is under may bring about CTS. This is not limited to a jackhammer – any vibrating power tool could cause this same problem. Vibration is just one of the many causes of carpal tunnel syndrome.
De Quervain’s disease also referred to as De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a medical condition in which the tendons in the thumb side of the wrist are inflamed. The inflammation leads to pain, which especially flares with each movement of the wrist. Pain is experienced when making a fist or even when simply grasping something.
The pain arises because the tendons are swollen in this condition and with each movement their coverings rub against the narrow tunnel through which they pass. The pain’s focal point is the base of the thumb and extends to as far as the lower arm.
What is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is basically derived from the two words “neuro” referring to the nerves and “pathy” referring to the disease. The more commonly used term is peripheral neuropathy, referring to the damage to the nerves of the peripheral nervous system. The reason for this condition may vary from disease of the nerves to trauma and it can even be a result of a systemic disease.
Because we live in a repetitive and often competitive world, repetitive motion injuries are among the most common injuries in the United States. Chances are, you or someone you know, have suffered from at least one of them.