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5 symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome

If you work as an IT professional, clerk or if your job involves long hours of typing, you are at a risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti | Published : January 27, 2016 6:14 PM IST

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Main

People working as type writers, clerks or computer professionals have to constantly use their fingers for typing, which increases pressure on the hands, thereby putting you at risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, says Dr Akshay Challani, Critical Care Specialist and Physician, Akshjyot Clinic, Navi Mumbai. If your work involves using computers at a stretch, here are few signs and symptoms you need to be aware of.

Swelling In Hand

Swelling: Most people often tend to ignore swelling of the hand, thinking that the symptom might subside within a few days. However, if you experience swelling or lump in the hand after working for long hours on a computer, it might indicate carpal tunnel syndrome.

Numbness In Fingers

Numbness in fingers: As the nerves are compressed due to constant typing, in some cases it leads to tingling or numbness in fingers. In some cases, you might get up in the morning with a numb or painful arm that might ease as you move your arm or hand.

Difficulty In Holding Object

Difficulty in holding/gripping objects: With stiffness in your arms or lack of sensation due to nerve pinching can lead to weakness in the arms and an increased tendency to drop objects. If this is quite common with you, it’s better to consult your doctor at the earliest. Also Read - Is Your Lifestyle Putting You At Risk Of Inflammatory Bowel Disease?