Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Causes and Treatment

Physiotherapy for carpel tunnel disease

What is Carpal tunnel Syndrome?

Are you suffering from irritation or numbness in your hands or arms? Is this problem upsetting you for several months or getting worse with time? Then, you are suffering from Carpal tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal tunnel Syndrome affects thousands of Indians each year. This syndrome can cause tingling, numbness, uncomfortable sensation, and other problems in hand because of pressure in the median nerve in your wrist.

What causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Due to pressure on median nerve, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome causes,

 

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Swelling
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Weakness in wrist
  • Uncomfortable sensation in fingers

 

 

Treatment:

There is no drug to prevent Carpal tunnel syndrome but some exercise and physiotherapy teatment can help you with your problem.
Some basic exercises you can do anytime in a day. These exercises are very simply and you don’t require extra time to do this, even you don’t even require any therapeutic device. You can do this exercise whenever you want, you can easily do them at your office desk, standing in a queue, waiting in the bus stop or chatting with your friends. Take care of your wrist with these easy steps and exercises as well.

 

  • Take a break from you repetitive work
    Whether you are typing, playing guitar, painting or cooking, take a break for 10-15 minutes in between, stretch your hands and move your fingers to improve blood flow in those areas and then you can continue your work.
  • Wear splints
    To relieve the pressure in your wrist, wear splints. The problems are more at night, so wear splints before they start giving trouble. If you are working the whole day, then wear splints throughout the day. It will help you to improve your movements.
  • Exercise
    You can do exercise anytime whether you are sitting in your work desk or standing in line. Follow the exercises,

    1. Warm-up stretches
    2. The Shake
    3. Prayer Stretch
    4. Stretch Armstrong
    5. Wrist flexor stretch and Extension stretch.
  • Stay warm
    Try to avoid cold, stay in warm place. Keep your hands warm that may help you from pain and uncomfortable sensation.
  • Physiotherapy treatmentPhysiotherapy exercises can also give you better result and help you from pain and stiffness.
    1. Bend your wrist
    2. Stretch out your wrist muscle
    3. Stretch out your thumb muscle
    4. Glide the nerves from neck to your wrist.

 

 

It is always advisable to consult your physiotherapist and undergo physical rehabilitation to manage your pain and regain mobility.

References:

http://www.physiofitcambridge.co.uk/blog/best-physiotherapy-exercises-for-carpal-tunnel-syndrome/
https://www.healthline.com/health/carpal-tunnel-wrist-exercises#overview1
https://www.healthline.com/health/home-remedies-for-carpal-tunnel#otc-medications9
http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/carpal-tunnel/tc/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-topic-overview#1

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