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Carpal tunnel syndrome

April 16th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Carpal tunnel syndrome)

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that occurs when pressure is applied to one of the major nerves to the hand called the median nerve which causes numerous symptoms such as pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm.

If you continue to apply pressure on the median nerve, it might leave to nerve damage and symptoms will worsen. As the condition worsens, the symptoms may appear more frequently and last for a longer period.

Common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Repetitive hand motions like typing or any other motion that you repeat over and over with your wrist
  • Conditions such as hypothyroidism, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Trauma
  • Pregnancy

    Carpal tunnel syndrome

    Tingling of the hand that may reach up to the shoulder.

Signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • A burning sensation in the hand
  • Tingling of the hand that may reach up to the shoulder
  • Numbness of the hand that may reach up to the shoulder
  • Itching of the hand

When carpal tunnel syndrome worsens, more symptoms may develop, and the previous symptoms will worsen, these new symptoms include:

  • Decreased grip strength
  • An increase of pain and cramping
  • Slower nerve impulses
  • Loss of sensation in the fingers
  • Difficulty or loss of coordination with fingers

If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome may lead to permanent nerve damage, permanent muscle damage and overall loss of function of your hand which may affect your everyday life and daily routine. It is best to immediately seek medical attention to have it treated right away so that the situation does not worsen.

There are certain work environments and jobs that may contribute to increasing the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome if they involve any of the main reasons such as repetitive hand motions or constant typing. These jobs include but are not limited to:

  • Cashier
  • Assembly line worker
  • Sewer or knitter
  • Musician
  • Cashier

As your doctor diagnoses your hand for carpal tunnel syndrome, you may be asked by your doctor to try to fully flex your wrist or tap the palm side of your wrist with your arms completely extended.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with different approaches, a change of lifestyle if it is caused by repetitive motion. Your doctor may tell you to use a splint to prevent your wrist from moving too much and to lessen the pressure applied to the nerves. You can take more frequent breaks or reduce that activity. Your doctor may recommend numerous exercises that can help you with your grip and control. Your doctor may also suggest medication such as anti-inflammatory drugs or steroids to help reduce swelling. Your doctor may also suggest surgery if the treatments above fail to solve the problem.

How to treat carpal tunnel syndrome

September 16th, 2016 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on How to treat carpal tunnel syndrome)

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the hands and arms. This condition causes tingling and numbness sensation at the early stage. As the condition progresses, the pain becomes severe, the hands weak and damage the nerve. Carpal tunnel can affect both hands and women are more susceptible to this condition than men.

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This condition is due to excessive pressure placed on the median nerve that passes through the wrist at the carpal tunnel.

Causes of carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Conditions and illnesses such as obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, gout that result to pain in the arm, reduced flow of blood in the area, and soft tissues in the arm.
  • Strong and repeated wrist and hand movement causes the tendons to swell
  • Dislocated bones, broken bones of the wrist, and bone spurs
  • Hand-arm vibrations
  • Working in awkward positions for long periods of time

    Carpal tunnel syndrome

    Numbness or pain in the hand, wrist and forearm usually at night.

Symptoms

  • Numbness or pain in the hand, wrist and forearm usually at night.
  • Tingling, pain, numbness and “pins-and-needles” sensations
  • Severe numbness or pain can be felt when using the hands or wrist especially when gripping an object using the hand or flexing the wrist.
  • Stiffness of the fingers in the morning
  • Severe pain in the forearm between the elbow and wrist

Treatment

  • Rest the affected hand, fingers and wrist. Avoid performing activities that can cause numbness and pain. When the symptoms are lessened, continue with the activity gradually. Keep the wrists straight or slightly bent.
  • Apply cold compress on the affected wrist for at least 10-15 minutes, once or two times every hour. The cold temperature lessens the numbness, swelling and inflammation. Avoid applying an ice pack directly on the skin to prevent frostbite and making the condition worse. Make sure that the ice pack is wrapped with a towel before placing on the area.
  • Take the prescribed over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to lessen the pain and swelling.
  • Wear a wrist splint at night to prevent unnecessary movements. It keeps the wrist in a neutral position and minimizes pressure placed on the median nerve.
  • Massage the hands and wrist to lessen some of the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Rub coconut oil or olive oil on the hands, wrist and fingers and massage using gentle strokes for at least 10-15 minutes. Repeat this process for 2-3 times every day until the symptoms are minimized. Coconut oil and olive oil increases blood flow in the area, relaxes stiff muscles, lessens pain and improves mobility.
  • In a tub filled with warm water, mix 1 cup of Epsom salt until completely dissolved and soak the affected hand and wrist in the solution for at least 15-20 minutes. Repeat this process 2-3 times every week until pain and stiffness are reduced. Epsom salt has anti-inflammatory properties and a natural muscle relaxant that is effective in relaxing tight muscles in the hands and wrists.