tunnel syndrome affects about 1 in 100 people at some point
in their life. Men and women of any age can develop it, but
it is most common in women in their 30s, 40s and 50s.
carpal tunnel syndrome is triggered by a person’s occupation,
and can lead to the person being unable to work. Most cases
of carpal tunnel syndrome can be prevented by stopping or
reducing the activity that stresses the fingers, hand, or
wrist, or by changing the way in which activities are done.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition where there is excessive
pressure on the median nerve. This can be caused by swelling
in the carpal tunnel and/or thickening of the transverse carpal
ligament, which forms the roof of the carpal tunnel
or compression of this nerve by the transverse carpal ligament
sets into motion a progressively crippling disorder which
eventually results in wrist pain, numbness and tingling in
the hand, pain consisting of a “pins and needles”
feeling at night, weakness in grip and a feeling of in-coordination.
with carpal tunnel syndrome initially feel numbness and tingling
of the hand in the distribution of the median nerve (the thumb,
index, middle, and part of the fourth fingers). These sensations
are often more pronounced at night and can awaken patients
from sleep. The reason symptoms are worse at night may be
related to the flexed-wrist sleeping position and/or fluid
accumulating around the wrist and hand while lying flat. Carpal
tunnel syndrome may be a temporary condition that completely
resolves or it can persist and progress.
As the disease progresses, patients can develop a burning
sensation, cramping and weakness of the hand. Decreased grip
strength can lead to frequent dropping of objects from the
hand. Occasionally, sharp shooting pains can be felt in the
forearm. Chronic carpal tunnel syndrome can also lead to wasting
(atrophy) of the hand muscles, particularly those near the
base of the thumb in the palm of the hand.
Carpal tunnel syndrome treatment usually begins conservatively,
and moves to more aggressive and invasive techniques if the
symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome persist.
The initial carpal tunnel syndrome treatment steps include
some medications and splints
doctor may ask you to rest your wrist or change how you use
your hand. Your doctor may also ask you to wear a splint on
your wrist. The splint keeps your wrist from moving but lets
your hand do most of what it normally does. A splint can help
ease the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome, especially at night.
ice on your wrist, massaging the area and doing stretching
exercises may help too.
injections provide temporary relief as it is injected directly
into the affected area to decrease inflammation around the
treatments are available and effective in the treatment of
carpal tunnel syndrome. The most common procedure is the carpal
tunnel release. A carpal tunnel release involves making an
incision in the fibrous sheath around the carpal tunnel. By
releasing tension in the carpal tunnel, the pressure is removed
from the nerve.
Tunnel Wrist Brace
brace helps to stabilize the carpal tunnel in its neutral
position. The carpal tunnel is at its widest diameter in this
position and the nerve is least compressed.
will help to strengthen the wrist and prevent the symptoms
of carpal tunnel syndrome.
on relieving carpal tunnel syndrome
up your arm with pillows when you lie down.
Avoid using your hand too much.
Find a new way to use your hand by using a different tool.
to use the other hand more often.
bending your wrists down for long periods.
Products for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The Carpal Mate Carpal Tunnel wrist support is lightweight
and designed to maintain the wrist in a neutral position while
allowing full finger dexterity
other carpal tunnel wrist braces and wrist strengthening tools