What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes numbness, tingling, and weakness in the arm and hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs due to the pressure on the middle nerve of the wrist. If the correct treatment is not received, the injury can lead to permanent damage.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common repetitive stress injuries for computer professionals.
In the human forearm, several tendons and the median nerve run to the hand via the carpal tunnel. The movement and the sense of feeling in the first three fingers and the thumb are controlled by the median. Any pressure on the median nerve can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. However, illness or swelling can also cause carpal tunnel syndrome.
Symptoms of the disease include pain in the fingers and numbness in the palm and fingers. As symptoms worsen, people experience decreased grip strength and often find it difficult to perform manual tasks. Physical examination of the hands and arms can provide early diagnosis and treatment. The tenderness of the wrist is examined. Specific tests are available to detect carpal tunnel syndrome such as the Phalen's test.
Mild symptoms can be treated with rest, ice on the wrist, with a wrist splint, or with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Surgery is also considered an option in cases where home care cannot help. The disease can be prevented by an active lifestyle, ergonomic conditions for work, breaks, the posture of the wrists, and the correct posture and posture of the wrist, especially while at work.
Computer professionals are advised to adjust the height and angle of their chairs and to take breaks from constant typing to help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. It is recommended that you use ergonomic furniture specifically designed for computers.