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What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

While workplace injuries are often associated with high-risk professions, even office workers in Los Angeles face the possibility of injuring themselves at work. Carpal tunnel is one condition that can greatly impact your ability to perform basic work functions, and may even prevent you from holding gainful employment in the future.

As stated by WebMD.com, carpal tunnel syndrome can have a few different causes. Issues occur when pressure increases on the median nerve, which results from swelling. While certain medical conditions can play a role, making the same hand movements over and over for an extended period of time can also result in swelling. This is typically how office workers acquire carpal tunnel syndrome, particularly in those offices without ergonomic equipment.

This condition is typically diagnosed via an exam, during which the doctor will enquire about your current state of health and daily activities. Because carpal tunnel is sometimes associated with pregnancy and arthritis, your doctor may ask whether either situation applies to you. You doctor may also request blood tests and perform an exam of the affected hand, as well as your back, shoulders, neck, etc.

When it comes to symptoms of carpal tunnel, there are a few signs to be on the lookout for. Symptoms often become evident at night, and can include weakness, numbness, pain and/or tingling within the hand and fingers. Symptoms typically impact the thumb and all the fingers on your hand except the little finger. This is because the little finger is linked to a different nerve than the rest of your fingers, which means that it will usually not display the same symptoms.

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