Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition with multiple causes. It is characterised by compression of the median nerve inside the carpal tunnel located at the base of the wrist. This unusual compression leads to several symptoms, from simple discomfort to intense pain. According to the degree of this condition, the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome progress.
First stages of carpal tunnel syndrome
The median nerve runs along the forearm and continues towards the four first fingers: the thumb, index finger, middle finger and ring finger. This is why the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome manifest in the hand, even though the problem happens in the wrist.
The first symptoms appear in the aforementioned fingers, those connected to the median nerve. Then, a loss of sensitivity with tingling, a feeling of numbness and pain occur.
These symptoms most often develop at night. They progressively stop when you move again your wrist. Since you change of position, the compression reduces along with the symptoms.
However, these symptoms can wake you and disturb your sleep. If not eradicated, they can gradually reduce the quality of life.
These symptoms can also appear during the day. Movements that are painful or that cause tingling and numbness are both examples. These sensations also occur when you have an inappropriate wrist position (ironing, reading, holding a phone, etc.).
The symptoms can discontinuously manifest, with periods of attacks and periods of calm. Also, they can spontaneously disappear, especially if postural habits are improved.
During pregnancy, the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome develop in the third quarter and disappear after childbirth.
Advanced stages of CTS or carpal tunnel syndrome
If habits are not changed (treatment, brace to immobilise the joint , correction of postures, etc.), the symptoms may worsen. The ability to grab things decreases and frequently, people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome suddenly drop objects. This is typical of a median nerve damage. Pain can increase, attacks can intensify and multiply.
Without a fast-acting treatment, healing can become complicated, even impossible. You understand the importance of consulting a doctor as soon as the first symptoms appear. Different solutions can be suggested to soothe pain and recover full abilities: exercises and rehabilitation sessions, regular wear of a brace for day, use of a brace that immobilises at night, injections, surgical intervention...
EPITACT® has developed two braces designed to relieve the pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome . The flexible wrist brace CARP'ACTIV™* aims to support your wrist during activities. It reduces involuntary movements that contribute to the onset of the condition. The rigid wrist brace CARP'IMMO™* is used at night to avoid traumatic movements or pressures on the carpal tunnel . It immobilises the wrist in a neutral position to favour the progression of carpal tunnel syndrome .
Even if the dominant hand is commonly affected, carpal tunnel syndrome frequently concerns both hands. Some figures prove it: 20% of patients who had surgery for the carpal tunnel syndrome had their other hand affected too.
To avoid losses of manual abilities, some prevention tools exist.
*These products are medical devices that bear the CE marking under this regulation. Carefully read the instructions before use. Manufacturer: MILLET Innovation. 010/2021