What are the Common Symptoms of CTS?
In Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, symptoms occur gradually over time. We have provided a list of symptoms that are typical in CTS for your review below:
• Tingling and Numbness
Tingling sensations or numbness in the wrist, hand, and fingers are common. In CTS, the numbness and tingling sensation impacts the wrists, thumb and index finger, as well as the middle finger (ring finger). In other words, it impacts the median nerve distribution. As the condition progresses, the numbness an tingling extends to the arm. Numbness and tingling sensations start intermittently and progress to constant with continued compression of the median nerve.
Weakness develops in CTS patients that have ignored their initial symptoms. Continued irritation or compression of the wrist nerve leads to damage. As mentioned, the median nerve controls the flexor muscles of the wrist and palms. A damaged median nerve is the result of a poor function or weak muscles in the wrist, hand, and fingers. In short, weakness is a sign of nerve damage. It can progress to a degree where sufferers are unable to objects.
Wrist pain results with neglect. In other words, if you ignore the first symptoms (numbness and tingling), the damaged caused lead to poor ligamentous and muscle tone in your wrist and hands. With the loss of muscle and ligament tones, the wrist is rendered unstable. An unstable wrist is prone to injuries that cause pain.