Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Tips for diagnosing, treating, and avoiding carpal tunnel syndrome.

Swollen Hands: Symptom of Carpal Tunnel or Something More Serious?

There are many people who develop swollen hands. In many cases, you will find that carpal tunnel can cause your hands to swell but this is not always the primary cause. In some cases you may find that the problems with swelling in your hands are something a bit more serious. Here is a look at the issues with carpal tunnel syndrome as well as other problems that can cause these same symptoms.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

First of all, let's take a look at carpal tunnel syndrome. This is a problem that can lead to swollen hands in many cases. In addition to swollen hands, you may develop other symptoms, such as numbness, pain, and tingling. These can occur in the hands as well as the wrists when you are dealing with carpal tunnel.

Other Problems to Be Aware Of

Although it's definitely true that swollen hands can be caused by problems with carpal tunnel syndrome, you'll find that there are other problems that can cause these same symptoms. In some cases it may be a problem that is even more serious. Here is a look at several other problems that can cause this same symptom of swollen hands.

  • Injury to the Hand - An injury to your hand is one problem that can cause your hands to swell. If you fracture or break a bone in your hand, the hand may swell. It's important that you rule out this problem if you happen to be dealing with this symptom.
  • Arthritis - Another problem that can occur that can lead to swollen hands is arthritis. There are several different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis and even rheumatoid arthritis that can cause this very same problem with the swelling of the hands.
  • Pulmonary Edema - Pulmonary edema, which is basically excess water in the lungs, is yet another problem that can lead to the swelling of the hands. This can be a very dangerous problem, especially if it is affecting your hands and your lungs. In extreme cases, if left untreated, it could lead to death.

See Your Doctor for a Diagnosis

If you are dealing with swollen hands, it's very important that you see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. Yes, it could be carpal tunnel syndrome, but you should not just write off the problem without seeing your doctor first because only your doctor can determine if your swollen hands are symptoms of something more serious. Also, be very honest about what activities you’ve done that could have contributed to the problem. With the proper treatment, your swollen hands will return to normal and you can resume your daily activities.