Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) has said to be quite common in those individuals who are frequently typing, however recent research has provided reason to caution doctors when trying to determine the causes of CTS. CTS is generally considered to be the compression of the median nerve traveling through the carpal tunnel with symptoms such as numbness of the thumb, index, long and radial half of the ring finger. This kind of numbness typically occurs at night while hands are flexed, and is known to be so uncomfortable that it will wake an individual from sleep. Long standing CTS can lead to permanent nerve damage, causing constant numbness and weakness of the fingers and hands. It is important to receive treatment for CTS as soon as the symptoms are recognized, or else you become at risk for the previously mentioned long-term damage.
There are many different types of treatment for CTS. In addition to immobilizing braces, medication and surgery, physiotherapy can be extremely beneficial in alleviating pain. Proactive exercising and stretching have been found to be extremely beneficial in reducing stress on the wrist. If you happen to be experiencing any symptoms of CTS, physiotherapy is strongly advised for the reduction in pain and prevention of further symptoms. Dr. Steve Knighton at Nottinghill Family Wellness Centre is highly qualified in prescribing exercises and stretches that can aid in both reduction and prevention of pain.
It should be noted that an individual who developed CTS in the workplace is entitled to a WSIB claim and should seek treatment immediately. If you are experiencing any symptoms of CTS and feel as though they are due to work activities it would be beneficial for you to notify your human resources manager immediately as they are responsible for setting you up with the appropriate WSIB.