Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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    If a person does the same job for a long time, for instance, sits at a computer, he may feel soreness in the hands. This will be the carpal tunnel syndrome. Such a problem can be encountered also by drivers, since their hands are in the same position for a long time. Carpal tunnel syndrome is associated with a carpal tunnel between the transverse ligament and the bones of the wrist and needs to be treated.

    Carpal tunnel syndrome happens when the tissues around the tendon swell, which puts pressure on the nerve. Muscles become weak, and puffiness may appear on the fingers if not treated timely.

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Causes and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is both a congenital anomaly and a lifestyle-related disease.

    Among the main causes of the syndrome, it is necessary to highlight:

    • maintaining an uncomfortable position of the hands for a long time (this may be associated with professional activities, for example, working at the machine);
    • genetic predisposition;
    • hormonal disruptions caused by pregnancy, menopause;
    • inflammatory processes;
    • benign, malignant tumor in the canal area.

    The causes include diseases such as arthrosis, diabetes, arthritis, thyroid disease. Patients can face a problem with metabolic disorders, after fractures, frequent injuries, bruises.

    The working arm often suffers from the carpal tunnel syndrome, pain is especially disturbing in the morning and at night if the condition is not treated. The main signals are the following:

    • colic, stabbing pain;
    • weakness in the arms;
    • decrease in sensitivity;
    • limbs become less active.

    Patients that leave the malfunction not treated, have a feeling as if goose bumps are running down the palms, there is a feeling of shooting pain and numbness in the carpal tunnel. It will become difficult for a person to control the hand, when the palm is squeezed into a fist, unpleasant sensations will arise, and in the later stages, painful sensations.

    How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is Treated?

    Treatment depends on symptoms and causes. With a mild form of the carpal tunnel malfunction, a massage is prescribed, and a specialist can also prescribe an orthosis. The massage can be done by both a specialist in the clinic and the patient at home, the doctor will acquaint with the treatment technique.

    Non-Surgical Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Medicines may be prescribed to help restore blood circulation in the carpal tunnel. Pain medications are prescribed for severe soreness. At the initial stage, traditional treatment, for example, physiotherapy exercises, will help to heal the carpal tunnel.

    It is impossible to achieve a positive result in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome without significant lifestyle adjustments: it is necessary to limit the load on the hands, completely reduce the tension in the hand, and change the working and rest conditions for healing. It is important in treatment to make the diet as healthy as possible so that the treated body receives enough necessary vitamins and minerals for the fastest restoration of performance.

    Written by Touch of Health
    Medically reviewed by Roger Walker Posted on April 20, 2021

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