Today we want to discuss arm pain with an emphasis on carpal tunnel.
Carpal Tunnel is a condition where the fingers of the hand go tingly or painful and the condition has a greater emphasis in the wrist region.
Most of the time the symptoms are a result of some form of compression of the nerves going into the fingers.
There are other conditions in the arms and hands that can occur and be confusing to understand at times as to what they are or what’s causing them.
Two of these conditions are elbow tendonitis thoracic outlet symdrome.
Elbow tendonitis occurs on the outside of the elbow typically and it does not have to occur in the fingers.
The arm can hurt at the elbow or the inside of the hand, and the pain is never steady where the patients tends to experience on and off type symptoms.
With Thoracic Outlet Syndrome the conditions can occur any where in the arm including the upper arm and lower arm.
It can occur when a person is at sleep or at rest when they are not using their arm when all of a sudden they just get a tingling or sense of discomfort in their arm.
Another confusing aspect of elbow tendonitis is that the arm does not exhibit any symptoms at all.
All the symptoms are concentrated in the shoulder or in the neck or are noticeable in the form of headaches, usually on the same side as where the tendonitis has occurred.
The treatment of each of these conditions is very specific and very different.
In the case of Carpal Tunnel, the most common form of relief comes from surgery.
Surgery tends to be very minor and involves reducing the pressure on the radial nerve in the wrist.
In the case of Elbow Tendonitis, common treatments are active release therapy or cold laser therapy.
For Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, the treatment will need to focus on the neck or shoulder area, depending on where the impingement is.