You’re probably reading this because you’re tired of living with constant wrist pain. Maybe you don’t have the strength to remove the lids off of tight jars. Maybe you’re starting to notice that you have pain that started in your right arm or hand and now the pain is traveling upwards towards your shoulders and neck. Maybe you’re experiencing a tingling sensation and numbness in your hand. You’re most likely experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome or you have arthritis in the joint of your wrist.
First lets take a look at carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common nerve disorders and it affects around 8 million people in the United States. Carpal tunnel is actually a part of your wrist that is located on the same side of your hand as your palm. The reason why they call this a tunnel is because it acts like a tunnel. Inside the tunnel are eight small wrist bones. Along with the eight bones there are also nerves and tendons that pass through the carpal tunnel to help give the fingers movement. When inflammation from the surrounding area squeezes one of the nerves, particularly the median nerve, it causes symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Why does inflammation surrounding this nerve cause carpal tunnel syndrome? Because the median nerve is what provides the hand muscle function and feeling, when you block the nerve impulses you receive symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
What are Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Great! Now you know specifically what carpal tunnel syndrome is and why you experience wrist pain from inflammation but what are the symptoms? You want to be sure that what you have is carpal tunnel syndrome not something else such as arthritis, or perhaps an injury causing the wrist pain. Let’s check out the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel.
- Pain in the hands
- Pain in your fingers
- Thumb pain
- Wrist pain
- Numbness in the hand
- Tingling in the hand
- Muscular weakness
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
From reading the symptoms you’re probably pretty sure you have carpal tunnel. After all this is a very common disorder. You also know exactly what causes the pain inside your body but what lifestyle choices led you to getting carpal tunnel syndrome in the first place? Maybe you’re healthy, you take care of yourself, maintain a healthy weight etc. What caused the inflammation in your wrist to pinch against the median nerve to cause the carpal tunnel syndrome?
According to healthline.com (source) some of the most common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome are:
- thyroid dysfunction
- fluid retention from pregnancy or menopause
- high blood pressure
- autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis
However, according to that healthline.com article carpal tunnel syndrome can get worse if you continue to over-extend the wrist repeatedly. For example if you include any of these activities into your lifestyle you are most likely going to make your carpal tunnel worse.
- poor positioning of your wrists while using your keyboard or mouse
- prolonged exposure to vibrations from using hand tools or power tools
- any repeated movement that over-extends your wrist like playing the piano or typing
If you’re trying your best to change your lifestyle and you’re tired of wrist pain, check out this awesome video that shows you some tips on getting rid of carpal tunnel. Also notice what the doctors say about unnecessary surgery.
Does Arthritis Cause Wrist Pain?
Carpal Tunnel isn’t the only disorder that causes wrist pain. Arthritis affects millions of people in the United States and arthritis of the wrist is no exception. When you have arthritis in your hands you’re most likely experiencing a lot of similar symptoms as carpal tunnel. If you’ve read any of our blog articles then I’m sure you’re aware of what arthritis is and how it’s caused. If you’re unaware of what arthritis is the Cleveland Clinic describes arthritis in a way that’s easy to grasp.
“Arthritis is a disease of the various tissues inside joints. A joint is the point at which two or more bones meet. Arthritis can occur as a result of acute (short term) or chronic (ongoing) inflammation in a joint and its surrounding soft tissues. It can also occur after trauma to the joint (such as a broken finger) or possibly from genetic (heredity) and environmental causes.
With arthritis, joints continue to wear down as the cartilage wears down. Cartilage is the smooth ‘cushioning’ tissue that lines joints. This wear down of cartilage causes structural changes that can be seen on X-rays. The surrounding soft tissues may also deteriorate. Soft tissues are the tendons, ligaments, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, skin, fat, and synovial membranes that connect, support, or surround other structures and organs of the body.”
What are the Symptoms?
You know exactly what arthritis is but is the wrist pain arthritis? Perhaps the wrist pain is carpal tunnel. As we mentioned before there are a lot of similar symptoms between carpal tunnel and arthritis. Let’s look at a few symptoms that are specific to arthritis.
- Pain that is only in the joint of your wrist
- Loss of motion in the wrist as the pain gets worse
- Joint motion that causes grinding or cracking in the joint of the wrist
- Joints that become inflamed and red
- Joint deformity
Get Rid of Wrist Pain
If you check out the You Tube video of how to get rid of carpal tunnel you might have some luck with getting rid of your wrist pain. However, not everyone is going to be so lucky. In fact most people with arthritis will see little to no results. However, as mentioned in the video, surgery may be ineffective. If you are interested in learning about regenerative medicine or healing your wrist pain without surgery call the Stem Cell Professionals in York, Pa today. Allow the body heal itself with the help of an outpatient procedure from the Stem Cell Professionals.
Andrea Wodele and Jennifer Nelson (August 16, 2012) What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Retrieved from http://www.healthline.com/health/carpal-tunnel-syndrome#Overview1
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2103 August, 25). Arthritis of the Hand and Wrist Retrieved from https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic_Arthritis/hic_Arthritis_of_the_Hand_and_Wristt