Carpal tunnel syndrome is a chronic condition of the hands that affects millions of Americans each year, impairing their ability to perform manual tasks, excel in the workplace or sometimes just get through the day.
This problematic condition, which is spurred by a compression of the median nerve in the wrist, often begins with relatively minor symptoms, including tingling, burning, itching and numbness in the hand and fingers, but can eventually become debilitating.
Advanced cases of carpal tunnel can rob sufferers of the ability to maintain a firm grip, form a fist or pick up or grasp objects. Though there are many causes of the condition, overuse is the most common.
“People that have carpal tunnel may have difficulty with sleeping, eating, self care, cooking, cleaning and work duties,” says Carrie DeLuca, a senior occupational therapist and certified hand therapist at Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Services at The Market Common. “Most all daily activities can be affected, making simple tasks much more difficult.