There are millions of people that suffer everyday with the pain of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In this Article we will discuss what is Carpal Tunnel, The Causes and Some Treatments.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is most commonly found in the narrow passageway between the palm of your hand and the wrist. This area is made up of tendons, bones and ligaments. The median nerve is the main nerve that controls the felling and the movement in the thumb and first three fingers. Which runs thought this passageway along with tendons to the fingers and thumb. When this nerve is pinched, compressed or inflamed, it can result in numbness, tingling, weakness or pain in the hand or wrist.
It is important that the tendons are properly lubricated to ensure maximum functionality before doing any activity. If the tendons are not properly lubricated, friction can happen between the tendon and the tendon sheath which can lead to irritation or swelling in that area. The inflammation can damage the median nerve by causing the tendon sheath to swell this will limit the tendons movement.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is usually common in individuals who do a lot of repetitive hand movement or awkward hand positions, tight hand gripping, wrist injury, over stress in the wrist and hand and power tools. Just to name a few.
The risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome is not limited to a certain people or job, but is common in those performing assembly line works – manufacturing, sewing, typing, finishing, casheers and meat handlers. In fact, carpal tunnel syndrome is more common among line-assemblers than among data-entry personnel.
Early treatment is somehow the best way to prevent any serious complications. Waiting can hurt your chances of recovery. Fortunately, for carpel tunnel syndrome as well as other conditions, there are ways that you can treat the pain.
Here are 4 ways that you can ease the pain:
* Ice Wrap – Ice is always the first the thing to think of for any injury, especially for something like carpel tunnel syndrome which works very well because it will prevent swelling and treat the pain as well as the muscle spasms. Ice works by numbing the area where it is applied to. Using a wrap is a good idea because stabilizes the injured area. Sometimes putting ice on directly will cause frost bite so be sure there is a thin fabric between you and the ice. Some people will alternate between ice and heat which will also work well.
* Heat Wrap – Heat therapy should be used for chronic issues such as muscle discomfort and stiffness. Heat opens up the blood vessels allowing blood to flow freely to the affected area. This increases circulation, delivering oxygen and nutrients and removing waste from sore, tired or injured muscles. Heat should be used before activities, not after. Do not use heat therapy after an acute injury, on areas with poor circulation, decreased sensation or areas with bruising or swelling. It will make the problem worse. Using a wrap is a good idea because stabilizes the injured area.
Both Ice and heat therapies should be alternated 20 minutes on with a 20 minute break. Repeat this process 3 – 4 times daily until stiffness and soreness subsides.
* Compression Wrap – Sometimes additional support alone may be the answer this is known as compression therapy. There are many different types of compression wraps. You can find it in a simple bandage or you can find them made for specific parts of the body like your ARM, LEG or BACK. Some come with the extra support of a brace and Velcro straps. When using a compression wrap this allows you to apply pressure to the injured area of the body which will help stabilize the muscle or joint and reduce swelling, soreness and promote a faster recovery.
* Yoga- We all know exercise is good for us but Yoga exercises and stretches can help reduce the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). It has shown to improve their condition. Yoga focuses on opening, stretching, and strengthening the joints of the body. A yoga regimen including these types of poses, and avoiding those which place too much pressure on the wrists, yoga may offer relief to CTS sufferers.
It should be noted that your physician should be consulted before trying any new therapy.
So are you falling numbness or a tingling sensation in your hand, thumb or fingers? Do you have pain through the night? Does your pain stop if you vigorously shake, pump or message your hand? Then you may be suffering from this condition called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.