21 Dec Busting 3 Common Myths about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS is a condition that results from a compressed median nerve in the wrist. The symptoms include pain, numbness or tingling in your hand and fingers. The pain usually worsens at night.
Myth 1 – Work-related Stress can cause CTS
Although repetitive strain has been associated with CTS and it may trigger CTS but it is not the root cause. CTS is strongly related to poor health and general improvements and prevention programs can produce measurable results.
Wrist injuries, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis are common causes of CTS. It is more common in women. It could also be due to repeated motion of the fingers, as in typing but this has not been established.
Myth 2 – CTS can only be treated with Surgery
Surgery is a potentially risky treatment. Rest, ice therapy, wrist braces, and steroid injections can help you avoid surgery. Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs can also provide short term relief.
Myth 3 – CTS is Not an Emergency
When left untreated, CTS can lead to muscle wasting and permanent nerve damage. If have been diagnosed with CTS, see a pain specialist as early as possible to avoid further damage.
CTS can have a huge negative impact on your quality of life and even deprive you of the freedom to go about everyday chores. Interventional pain management can help you obtain pain relief that lasts.
To learn more about carpal tunnel syndrome pain management, call the leading pain management doctors in Gilbert, AZ at Desert Interventional Spine Consultants (DISC) at 480-838-1914 Today.