An Introduction to the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
In the human wrist there is a sheath of tough connective tissue which envelopes and protects one nerve, median and tendons. It is attached to the muscles, wrist and hand bones. This is called the carpal tunnel which is the space between the sheath above and the bones below making up the wrist and hand.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Day in and day out from 8 am up to 5 pm, you are right in front of your computer, tapping your fingers on the keyboard as fast as you can just so to beat the deadline of those articles that have to be done. You are working at your desk, trying to ignore the tingling or numbness you have had for months in your hand and wrist. Suddenly, a sharp, piercing pain shoots through the wrist and up your arm. You thought to yourself, as you are still feeling the ache of it; “This maybe just a passing cramp”. Think twice, lady because most likely you have carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Facts
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve which runs from the forearm into the hand becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. This results in pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, radiating up the arm.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosis
A physical examination help determine if the syndrome are related to daily activities or to an underlying disorder and can rule out other painful conditions that mimic carpal tunnel syndrome. Electromyography is often used to confirm the diagnosis. A fine needle is inserted into a muscle where electrical activities are viewed on a screen determining the severity of damage to the median nerve. Ultrasonic imaging can also show impaired movement of the median nerve.
What are the Causes
Carpal tunnel syndrome is often the result of a combination of factors that increase pressure on the median nerve and tendons in the carpal tunnel, rather than a problem with the nerve itself. Most likely the disorder is due to a congenital predisposition. Other contributing factors include trauma or injury to the wrist that cause swelling, such as sprain or fracture. It can also be caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, pregnancy and obesity.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment Options?
Carpal tunnel syndrome treatments usually begin conservatively. It moves to more aggressive and invasive techniques if the symptoms of such disorder persist. Before undergoing a release or endoscopic surgery, the initial carpal tunnel treatments include some medications and splints that are just done in sheer organics while others are scientifically enhanced.
Treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome should begin as early as possible under a doctor’s direction. Initial treatment generally involves:
- Resting the affected hand and wrist for at least 2 weeks,
- Avoiding activities that may worsen symptoms,
- Immobilizing the wrist in a splint to avoid further damage from twisting or bending.
- Apply cool packs can help reduce swelling caused by inflammation,
- Surgery is recommended if symptoms last for more than 6 months.
The Cure For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
Treatment usually starts conservatively. Our doctor has to examine the patient and recommend conservative treatments initially. Surgery is recommended only if the symptoms persist. Surgery involves severing the band of tissue around the wrist to reduce pressure on the median nerve due to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
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