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Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Treatment

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Symptoms and Treatment

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a pinched nerve in the wrist that can cause, numbness and tingling in the hand and arm. It is due to compression of the median nerve, which passes through the carpal tunnel at the base of the wrist and into the hand.

As pressure builds within the carpal tunnel, the median nerve no longer conducts electricity properly which leads to the symptoms of numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers. As Carpal Tunnel Syndrome progresses it may limit your ability to work, participate in sports, or perform daily activities.

It’s a condition that affects nearly 3 million Americans annually.

Spinal Stenosis: Symptoms and Treatment

Spinal Stenosis

The spine consists of vertebrae and discs. Between the vertebrae and discs are spaces, and when this space is narrowed it can place pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves traveling through the spine into the arms and legs. When this happens, it is known as spinal stenosis.

Bone Spurs: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Bone spurs are projections of the bone that develop along the bone’s edge. They can develop throughout the body in the knees, fingers, shoulders, hips, and spine. Patients can find significant relief from bone spurs through home treatment, physical therapy, and in worst-case scenarios, surgery.

Causes & Symptoms

While bone spurs can occur throughout the body, a person may be experiencing spinal bone spurs if they have symptoms including:

  • a pinching-like pain in the back
  • weakness and numbness in the arms and legs.

Bone spurs that occur along joints, especially those in the knees and fingers, are often connected to osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a rheumatoid disease that breaks down the cartilage between bones. When this happens, a person’s body may try to compensate for the lost cartilage by creating bone spurs to fill the area. While many people do not experience the pain, numbness, or tingling symptoms associated with bone spurs, they may eventually need treatment.