What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) Pain is a condition that can cause pain in your hand, wrist and arm. It’s is a surprisingly common condition, and is increasing nowadays because of the popularity of gaming, and also people who are addicted to their mobile phones.

It’s all about the “Median Nerve”. This can become squeezed as it runs through your wrist and into your hand. This is what causes the majority of the pain, which can get worse over time.

If the condition isn’t properly diagnosed and treated, it can even cause more permanent nerve damage. In the most serious examples, patients have had to resort to surgery. This is why it’s important to get a diagnosis, and get a handle on treating it as soon as possible!

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Symptoms Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

With CTS, you will most likely feel pain after using the affected hand. Repetitive actions will make it feel worse, so this particularly affects people who work in physical jobs like Electricians, Plumbers or Nurses (or even Chiropractors!!!)

Desk/Office Workers who use a keyboard/mouse all day and Gamers are particularly affected.

For some reason, people often report worse pain at night while trying to sleep. In the most severe cases of CTS, the pain can lead from your hand all the way up into your forearm and elbow.


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Hand & Wrist Pain Causes

  • Family history, genetic link.
  • Certain health conditions, e.g. Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Hypothyroidism, Obesity .
  • Pregnancy, Fluid retention (oedema)
  • Certain injuries, like hand trauma from a fall causing ligament damage or fracture affecting the median nerve into the hand.
  • Repetitive activities eg. Using a computer mouse, playing a musical instrument, assembly packaging.

It’s important to remember that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be extremely difficult to treat if you are using your hands and thumb a lot each day. If you have hobbies like gaming that are causing this pain, you should ease off that hobby, and give it a rest for a while.

It’s a lot more difficult if your job involves using your hands and thum a lot – you can’t just give up working! This is why it’s important to adopt a sensible approach to treatment, and we advocate a full program of Cooling, Massage, Movement, Stretching, Strengthening and finally Cooling the affected area. Get started as soon as possible!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is A Gamer Thumb Brace?

A Gamer Thumb Brace is just a normal Thumb Brace that supports your thumb and helps immobilise it. It should fit snugly around your thumb and wrist. It may be possible to continue gaming while wearing the Brace, yet if your treatment involves rest, we don’t recommend this.

How Do You Get Rid Of A Sore Thumb?

Firstly, if you have a very sore thumb, or one that has been painful for more than a couple of days, you need to consult a trained medical professional. In a nutshell, if you can identify the cause of your sore thumb – you can then work on the solution. If personal exercises are approved for your injury, we provide tools to help with:

  • Heat Therapy
  • Massage
  • Movement
  • Stretching
  • Strength Exercises
  • Cold Therapy
  • Bracing
Can A Gamer Get Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Certainly gamers can get Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Any repetitive movement of your joints within a restricted range of motion can cause this. It’s essentially an over-use injury, so you might need to rest if you are injured, and consider a program of stretching and strengthening – especially if you are a competitive gamer!

Is Carpal Tunnel A Form Of Arthritis?

Only a medical professional can determine this conclusively, but these problems are caused by different things. Carpal Tunnel is typically a nerve compression, while Arthritis is typically an inflammatory (or degradation) issue. Get a diagnosis so you can know how best to proceed.

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