Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a complex condition characterized by symptoms such as numbness, burning, pain, tingling, or paralysis in the hands, wrists, and/or forearms. Initially the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are relatively mild, and sufferers often report a strange sensation such as "crawling" or "tingling," especially at night. Aches and pains often cause night-time awakening and fatigue during the day.
As the condition worsens the symptoms become more intense and severe. If relief is not obtained one can have irreversible injury marked by atrophy of muscles in the hand and forearm, as well as a significant alteration of sensation. Severe cases can result in paralysis of the hands or arms. Medical intervention after symptoms have appeared may include the use of oral anti-inflammatory drugs, wrist braces, and, if necessary, surgery.
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