Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the numbness of the hand and arm which is result of pressed nerve. Let’s have a detailed discussion about the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Alternatively known as Median Nerve Compression, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs due to compression of the median nerve at wrist. This median nerve runs from the forearm into the palm of our hand. The median nerve is responsible for controlling the sensations of our thumb and our fingers. The median nerve is also accountable for the impulses to some of the muscles in our hand which help in movement of our thumb and fingers.
The Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
- Frequent burning sensation in palm of hand
- Itching or numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers
- Swollen Fingers
- Reduced grip strength, difficulty in grasping small objects or in doing daily tasks
As many people tend to sleep with flexed wrists the symptoms are likely to be felt during night.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
Oftener, The Carpal Tunnel Syndrome results due to a combination of factors that ultimately result in increase in pressure on themedian nerve. The contributing factors can be-
- Injury to wrist that results in swelling
- Overexertion of pituitary gland
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Movement problems in wrist joint
- Use of vibrating hand tools
- Fluid retention
How can you identify if you are on the verge of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
There is a higher risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome inWomen than that of men. The dominant hand is generally the first to get affected and produces severe pain. People having diabetes or any other metabolic disorders that have direct effect on nerves of the body are at higher risk.Generally adults are found to be affected by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome should begin as soon as possible but strictly under a doctor’s direction.
Initial treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome involves giving rest to the affected hand for a minimum time of 2 weeks. Avoiding resting may multiply the difficulties. Application of cooling pack is recommended in case of inflammation, as they help in reducing swelling.
- Intake of anti-inflammatory medicines and pain reliever can help in reducing swelling.
- Vitamin B6 (PYRIDOXINE) supplements are also helpful in controlling the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Regular exercise can help to relax the nerve. The exercises should be done under supervision of a physical therapist and wrist binders can be used to reduce the pressure of the palm of the hand.
- Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care have been found to be beneficial in case of some patients.
- Yoga can also help to reduce the pain in hand and also helps in improving grip.
And because Prevention is better than Cure, here are a few ways by which Carpal Tunnel Syndrome prevented. Care has to be taken by performing stretching exercises at work place. Try to take a few rest breaks. Whenever possible try to keep wrists straight, you can use wrist binders to keep wrist straight. Try to keep your wrist in correct posture and position. Whenever possible, use fingerless gloves as they help to keep hands warm and flexible.