Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers, as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move. The carpal tunnel is a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and a bone at the base of the hand ¾ houses the median nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the median nerve to be compressed. The result might lead to pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, radiating up the arm. Although painful sensations might indicate other conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common and widely known of the entrapment neuropathies in which the body’s peripheral nerves are compressed or traumatized.
When to get cure
One should get cured of carpal tunnel syndrome as early as possible. The underlying causes such as diabetes or arthritis should be treated first. Initial treatment usually involves resting the affected hand and wrist for at least 2 weeks, avoiding activities that might worsen symptoms, and immobilizing the wrist in a splint to avoid further damage from twisting or bending. If there is inflammation, applying cool packs can help in reducing the swelling.
How to get cured
One can get the carpal tunnel syndrome treated in two ways. Firstly one can get it treated by the non-surgical treatment and the other way is the surgical one. Non-surgical treatment is possible with the help of various drugs and exercises and other alternative therapies. These therapies, drugs and exercises though take time but are quite effective and less dangerous. On the other hand the surgical treatments are relatively more dangerous. Carpal tunnel syndrome thus can be a threat to life. However, with the help of drugs, exercises, many therapies and also with the help of surgery it can be easily cured. A surgery is especially important and in fact a must if the pain after non-surgical treatments increases after 6 months.