downloadOne wrist injury that has become increasingly more relevant for office workers and is of concern to medical professionals is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The carpal tunnel is composed of the transverse carpal ligament and the bones that make up the wrist. The ligaments criss cross over the bones to provide stability, allowing for virtually limitless functionality of the hand.

However, overstressing of these ligaments and median nerve that can decrease the space within the carpal tunnel can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition includes bone changes secondary to arthritis, fractures or dislocations of the wrist, thickening of the transverse carpal ligament and inflammation of the flexor tendons of the hand. If the carpal tunnel is narrow enough, its more likely to put additional pressure on the median nerve which can lead to pain or numbness of the hand. People with carpal tunnel will also notice an inability to grasp objects and weakening of the thumb.

When you notice these symptoms be sure to consult your physician. If discovered early, carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with rest, support from a splint and anti-inflammatory medication. For those with advanced stages of carpal tunnel, surgery may be required to reverse the narrowing of the carpal tunnel. Many patients do not realize the seriousness of their pain and forego a medical consultation. By putting off treatment, nerves can become extensively and even permanently damaged, so be sure to be aware of your body and don’t ignore signs of discomfort.