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Can carpal tunnel syndrome affect your daily life?

On Behalf of | Feb 10, 2020 | Repetitive Stress Injuries

Arizona workers often have jobs that involve repetitive motion. This may be sweeping, typing or even scanning items at a register. Whatever the cause, repetitive motion can lead to repetitive stress injuries (RSIs). One potent RSI is carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Today we will look at the short and long term impacts that CTS has. 

Mayo Clinic takes a look at the signs of carpal tunnel syndrome. Pain and sensations of numbness are common. You may feel a tingling or electric shock as well. The affected hand often hurts more when in motion. But it can even hurt while at rest. The pain of CTS is often downplayed by people who do not understand. It is common myth that CTS is easy to live with. On the contrary, CTS has the potential to be debilitating. 

There is no magical cure for CTS. Treatment are often supportive. They involve reducing the swelling or avoiding activities that agitate the wrist. Sufferers should wear braces when possible and take as many breaks as they can. Steroid therapy is also a tool doctors may use. Bad cases often need surgery for the chance of a full recovery. This can injure blood vessels and create scar tissue formation. But it can also relieve the sufferer’s pain. 

CTS is a progressive injury. This means it will not get better if you ignore it. In fact, it often worsens over time without proper care. Once you have CTS, combating it is important. If you do not, CTS can worsen to debilitating levels. In some cases, victims are unable to continue working. This takes a huge financial toll on them, and it can do the same to anyone.