Nocturnal Paresthesia, or numbness at night involving some of your fingers, is a common sign of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This numbness can lead to pain. The pain can lead to a poor night of sleep.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from your forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (although not the little finger). The median nerve and tendons are located in the carpal tunnel which is a narrow, rigid passageway of ligaments and bones at the base of the hand – Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the median nerve to be compressed.
Controlling swelling and pain, as well as exercises for strength and range of motion along with splinting can help resolve this Carpal Tunnel pain.
I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist, of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
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