Carpal Tunnel syndrome is numbness, tingling, weakness, and other problems in your hand because of pressure on the median nerve in your wrist.
The median nerve and several tendons run from your forearm to your hand through a small space in your wrist called the carpal tunnel . The median nerve controls movement and feeling in your thumb and first three fingers (not your little finger).
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
Pressure on the median nerve causes carpal tunnel syndrome. This pressure can come from swelling or anything that makes the carpal tunnel smaller. Many things can cause this swelling, including:
- Illnesses such as hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes. This is what Doctor’s usually say. But you know in Art of Self Treatment, we say there are no diseases at all but in order to make you understand, medical terminologies are used here.
- Making the same hand movements over and over, especially if the wrist is bent down (your hands lower than your wrists), or making the same wrist movements over and over.
What are the symptoms?
Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the fingers or hand. Some people may have pain in their arm between their hand and their elbow.
Symptoms most often occur in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger. If you have problems with your other fingers but your little finger is fine, this may be a sign that you have carpal tunnel syndrome. A different nerve gives feeling to the little finger.
You may first notice symptoms at night. You may be able to get relief by shaking your hand.
How is carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed?
Your doctor will ask if you have any health problems-such as arthritis, hypothyroidism, or diabetes-or for ladies you will be asked if you are pregnant. He or she will ask if you recently hurt your wrist, arm, or neck. Your doctor will want to know about your daily routine and any recent activities that could have hurt your wrist.
During the exam, your doctor will check the feeling, strength, and appearance of your neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, and hands. Your doctor may suggest tests, such as blood tests or nerve tests, x-ray of fingers, hand and sometimes even the entire arm. Don’t get carried away and don’t go for such tests. You will be just blowing your money and that’s it. Whatever medicines, ointments, syrups given to you will go down the drain, cause further injuries inside your body and then at one point of time, they will let’s do surgery.
God has given us beautiful body which has its own intelligence and it knows how to cure itself.
Given below are the simple remedies
If you find yourself straining or forcing tasks such as writing, typing, or using a register, relax your grip or reduce the force you’re using. Try using a soft-grip pen or tapping keys more lightly. Some people have the habit of writing petty expenses in a small note book and everytime they spend money, they pull out the notebook from the pocket and start writing wherever they are. Give adequate time between writing. Relax your fingers. Stretch your fingers.
Avoid activities that make your wrists flex to the extreme in either direction. Try keeping your wrists neutral as much as possible.
- Keeping your hands warm can help with pain and stiffness. Consider wearing fingerless gloves or keeping hand warmers nearby.
You can do quick wrist exercises while you’re standing in line at the grocery store or sitting at your desk at work. For example, make a fist and then slide your fingers until they are straight again. Repeat this action five to 10 times. This can help relive any pressure on your wrist.
- Icing your wrist may ease some of the pain from carpal tunnel syndrome. Cold packs may be more effective at treating carpel tunnel syndrome symptoms than a low-level heat wrap. Keep the cold pack on the palm side of your hand for 20 minutes or less. If that’s too long — and you start seeing redness or irritation — take off the ice or other cold pack.
- The goal in treating carpal tunnel syndrome is to reduce inflammation, and antioxidant-rich foods have the effect of reducing inflammation. It’s important to eat plenty of brightly coloured fruit and vegetables, like red peppers. Eat as much as you like of Red peppers and other colourful produce as well, including tomatoes, carrots, yellow peppers, and leafy greens. The more colourful, the better, so aim to get a rainbow of vegetables into your meals each day.
- Individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome may find relief from taking vitamin B6 supplements as a complementary therapy. If you are having this tablet, please stop now, because B6 also can be found in rich supply in certain foods, such as spinach.
Vitamin B6 functions as an analgesic and can help ease pain, “Many people feel that it reduces their symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.” If you prefer to get your vitamin from food, try making a fresh spinach salad, spinach pie, or an egg omelet filled with spinach. Don’t like spinach? The vitamin is also found in fortified cereals, oranges, bananas and cauliflower.
- Walnuts not only taste great but are a rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and an excellent source of those hard to find omega-3 fatty acids. Like most nuts, they can easily be added to your Healthiest Way of Eating. Just chop and add to your favourite salad, vegetable dish, fruit, or dessert.