Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

carpal tunnelCarpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve in between the tendons and the forearm muscles. This compressed nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (not the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move.

There may be a sudden, sharp pain shooting through the wrist and up your arm. Symptoms usually start gradually, with frequent burning, tingling, or numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers. The fingers may feel useless and puffed up with little or no swelling present.

The symptoms often first appear in one or both hands during the night and a person with carpal tunnel syndrome may wake up feeling the need to move their hand or wrist. As symptoms worsen the tingling may also be present during the day. A decrease in grip strength may make it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform other manual tasks.

The current recommendation by the medical community, if symptoms persist for more than 6 months is surgery which involves severing the band of tissue around the wrist to reduce pressure on the median nerve.

Before submitting to surgery the treatment option is vitamin B-6 (75mg a day) and Zinc (50mg per day).

 

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