Don’t let symptoms progress
If you spend a lot of time at a computer or working with your hands, you might be tempted to ignore tingling and numbness in your wrist and fingers.
But you shouldn’t, says orthopaedic surgeon Steve Maschke, MD, because frequent burning, tingling or itching in the palm of your fingers can progress and become more painful over time. It’s likely that carpal tunnel syndrome is the culprit. It happens when swollen tendons press on a key nerve in your wrist.
“An early sign is waking up with a tingling sensation in your hands,” Dr. Maschke says. “If you have symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor early.”
If not addressed, carpal tunnel can cause you to lose grip strength and can even result in wasting away of muscles in the base of your thumb.
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