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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


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Discover How You Can Get Rid of Carpal Tunnel Syndome as well as Other Causes of Numbness, Tingling, and Pain in Your Hands, Wrists, Fingers, and Forearms.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  1. 1. ==== ====Discover How You Can Get Rid of Carpal Tunnel Syndome as well as Other Causes ofNumbness, Tingling, and Pain in Your Hands, Wrists, Fingers, and Forearms. ====The Carpal Tunnel is a passageway inside the wrist, a tunnel surrounded by bones and ligaments.Aiming to protect the median nerve, the nerve that runs down the arm and forearm into the hand,the Carpal Tunnel can sometimes be affected by a syndrome. This syndrome, called CarpalTunnel Syndrome, occurs when abnormal pressure is placed on the median nerve, causingdecreased hand and finger function and leaving those affected sometimes unable to perform eventhe simplest tasks.Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel SyndromeCarpal Tunnel Syndrome can develop for many years with no noticeable symptoms. However,when the first symptoms do appear they include burning or tingling sensations in the fingers, painand numbness in the hand, an inability to grasp onto objects, and a weakness of the hands.Because Carpal Tunnel Syndrome involves the median nerve, it affects the parts of the hand thatthe median nerve supplies. These include the thumb, the index finger, the middle finger, and halfof the ring finger. Since the pinky finger is not controlled by the median nerve, the pinky finger isnot usually hindered by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Those experiencing symptoms for the first timemay notice that their Carpal Tunnel Syndrome flares up at night and that they can sometimes getrelief by vigorously shaking their hand.Known as a "hidden disability," people with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may fully function from theview of an outsider, with hands that are able to engage in most normal activities. But, the personwith Carpal Tunnel Syndrome usually has some restriction of hand function or significant painduring hand movement.What Causes Carpal Tunnel SyndromeCarpal Tunnel Syndrome is often caused by underlying conditions that place a strain on themedian nerve, compromising the blood supply it delivers to the fingers. These can include existingdiseases such as diabetes, which increases the sensitivity of pressure to the median nerve, andhypothyroidism, which can increase the amount of water retained in the arms and wrists.Many causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome arent disease-based, however, causes can begenerated from external stimuli, such as wrist injuries, fractures of the arm bone, and dislocation ofone of the carpal bones in the wrist. Pregnancy, because it can cause swelling of the wrists, canalso place pressure on the median nerve by narrowing the carpal tunnel.Many instances of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are thought to be idiopathic, having no obviouscause. However, even with idiopathic instances, certain activities can aggravate the symptoms of
  2. 2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. These can include using power tools or working on an assembly line,constantly performing repetitive - and sometimes awkward - motions. Certain people can even beborn with an abnormally narrow carpal tunnel, making them predisposed to the syndrome that mayaccompany it.While Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can affect all demographics, it is far more common in women thanin men. It is also most common in those who are middle aged and post-menopausal. Obesity andtobacco use increases a persons risk.Treatment of Carpal Tunnel SyndromeMany people with a mild case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome will find relief simply in adjusting theirlifestyle and workstyle habits. While foregoing repetitive wrist activity may not be feasible,particularly when a career is based on repetitive motion, allowing the wrist time to rest while atwork and at play can greatly relieve the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Resting the wristfor great lengths at a time may seem like a reasonable break, but studies have shown that it ismore beneficial for those afflicted by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome to take several small breaks, ratherthan one that is lengthy. Applying cold packs to relieve any swelling of the hands and wrists is alsoa helpful form of treatment.For those with a case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome that is not aided by rest or cold compressions,wrist splinting is an alterative form of treatment. A person, wearing a splint that keeps their handstill while they sleep, may notice that the symptoms of burning, tingling, and pain are greatlyrelieved. Wrist splinting, however, is usually only helpful for those who have had symptoms ofCarpal Tunnel Syndrome for less than a year.While Carpal Tunnel Syndrome certainly doesnt have a magic pill serving as an antidote in itshealing, there are certain medications that can relieve its pain and discomfort. These can includeNonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDs) for those whose condition is brought on byinflammation or Corticosteroids to relieve the pressure on the median nerve, decreasing the painin the process.The literal hands-on approach of spinal manipulation and deep friction massage can help managethe swelling that is pressing on the median nerve, causing the symptoms to flare up. Manualstretches of the wrist and tendons, additionally, can help increase the blood flow to the hand.While the evidence is not conclusive, some speculate that dietary changes may lead todiminishing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms by arming the body with the nutrients it needs torepair nerve damage and decrease inflammation. By taking something as simple as a multi-vitamin, pressure from the median nerve may be diminished, allowing it to repair itself back to itsnatural state.While the above mentioned treatment options are usually limited to being beneficial to those whohave mild to moderate cases of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, for those who have severe cases,surgery may be the best option.Though there are several approved surgeries for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, they all involve thesame theme of the cutting of the ligament that is pressing on the median nerve. They are also allprocedures done on an out patient basis, with a small incision cut in the wrist or the palm and arecovery time of just a few weeks. While not all surgeries are successful in relieving thesymptoms, roughly 70 percent of patients who choose surgery report satisfaction with the
  3. 3. outcome.Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can happen for reasons that are understood and for reasons that areunknown. However, practicing self-care can prevent some of the symptoms that arise no matterthe underlying cause. From keeping hands warm to improving posture, and from relaxing the gripwhile performing tasks with the hands to taking frequent breaks, the best chance at preventingCarpal Tunnel Syndrome usually lies with some conscientious effort.About us: The Center for Osteopathic Medicine in Boulder, Colorado believes in The OsteopathicDifference. In a medical industry focused on treating symptoms, The Center is more focused onfinding the cause of these symptoms. The Osteopathic Difference is the application of "Hands onTherapeutics" for both the diagnosis and treatment of complaints, disorders, and pain. TheOsteopathic Difference will apply the time proven osteopathic fact that function is directly related tostructure, and poor structure will lead to poor function.While The Center tries to focus on health, and above all else, prevention for all those who crossinto its threshold, sometimes the best that can be done is to recognize the source of the "DIS-EASE," and to teach every individual how to manage their symptoms. Believing that it is the mostimportant aspect of any treatment regime, and that it is the primary job of the health carepractitioner, The Center works to empower the patient in the maintenance of their own health.Achieving health is also an elusive place, and The Center will work tirelessly to create a path tohealth which, when embraced by the patient over time, will allow the patient to enjoy a positivereturn on their rehabilitation investment. The Center teaches a Mindfulness Yoga Program thataims to educate the patient in the power of the mind to minimize, if not rid the body of, aches andpain. Although the ultimate goal of health is to live without the use of drugs, natural or otherwise,The Center for Osteopathic Medicine recognizes the importance of medicinals and theirappropriate use. All styles of "Hands on Manipulation" are practiced at The Center. By combiningthese Manipulative techniques with Structural Integration, massage, meditation and WesternMedicine, The Center for Osteopathic Medicine helps people to identify disease before itmanifests, quiet pains that have been previously diagnosed as Chronic, and embrace a holisticmindset to Live in the Present- and within that presence, live completely well.The information discussed in this article is for informational and educational purposes only. If youare experiencing symptoms of a health problem, please visit your doctor. The material discussedon this website is not meant to replace the opinion or diagnosis of a medical professional.Jennifer Jordan is a senior editor for Specializing inarticles related to health and wellness, the material she writes is intended to arm people with theresources they need to live a life of wellness and completeness.Article Source:
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