Carpal tunnel syndrome can be a devastating condition to endure. Its symptoms can vary in intensity from person to person, the signs can be misleading and the problems that it causes can increase in severity over time. The most significant warning signs of this syndrome are noticeable numbness or tingling that can be felt in the thumb, index and middle finger, as well as a generalized and growing weakness of the affected area.
Do I Have It?
This syndrome can sometimes be confused with other conditions, and a consultation will always be the best option. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways of understanding the difference in the condition and its counterparts. Tendinitis, or excessive inflammation, can sometimes mimic the tingling and numbness most commonly occurring in carpal tunnel syndrome. Other problems may even originate in the neck, shoulder, elbow or surrounding musculature. It’s important to keep in mind that this syndrome is often part of a compound problem, and fixing it absolutely requires a multi-step plan of action.
An Early Diagnosis
Carpal tunnel syndrome is best treated in the early stages of its progression. While it is still possible to treat this condition later, the need for invasive surgery only increases over time when left untreated. Early on, the primary culprits of the syndrome can be identified: Any routine behaviors that are contributing to the problem can be modified, and simple therapy can be used to combat discomfort.
A Late Diagnosis
Untreated carpal tunnel syndrome will most commonly require invasive surgery. When the nerve affected becomes too cramped and overcome with pressure, it is too difficult to live a normal life and work against the symptoms at the same time. Surgery provides a fast answer to the problem. Recovery times in these situations vary, as each individual patient’s needs, lifestyles and complications are not identical.