How often do you think about the complexities that might occur in the palms of your hands or souls of your feet? Do you take pain in your palms just as seriously as you would take pain in your chest region? Most would answer these questions with a no, because it’s a classic case of neglect as we sometimes feel that we need to live with some types of pain and not with others. While we worry about our vital organs, we tend to neglect some anomalies in body parts which we have come to consider as not-so-important. If you are experiencing burning, tingling pain in the palm region, don’t ignore it, because it might be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
What is Carpal Tunnel?
The Carpal Tunnel is a small passage at the lower end of the palm, located at the base of the palmer side which connects the forearm to the deep plane of the palm. It consists of nine tendons and a median nerve which affect the overall functioning of the nerve. The nine tendons and the nerve found in the carpal tunnel are covered on three sides with bone and a ligament. The carpal tunnel is important because it envelops the median nerve which is responsible for sensation to the thumb, index finger, middle finger and partially to the ring finger.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
When the median nerve in the carpal tunnel gets pressurized, it causes tingling pain in the fingers or loss of sensation temporarily, this compression neuropathy (disease related to the nervous system) is known as the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The exact cause of this disease is not known but the most commonly accepted ones are inflammation and swelling in and around the tendons, fluid retention, tumour, diabetes, trauma to the wrist, over use or dislocation.
Myths & Facts
Though CTS is a widespread disease, there are still various myths clouding its facts.
If there is persisting pain in your palm region, then maybe it is time to see your physician!