Carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS is characterized by pain, numbness or tingling in the wrist. That is usually associated with engaging in repetitive, awkward or forceful hand movements. Some cases of CTS are beyond the specified causes, but there may be an increased risk of getting CTS if the medical condition which impedes the circulation and supply of oxygen to the nerves of the wrist. CTS results from pressure on the median nerve, a nerve that transmits sensory messages and motor stimuli from the thumb and some fingers to the muscles in the hand. This nerve along with nine tendons permitting finger and thumb movement and pass through a tunnel of fibers at the base of the palm of the hand in the wrist area as well. The top of the tunnel is a strong band of connective tissue called a ligament. During CTS, the tendons become irritated and swell, pushing the median nerve up against this ligament and causing pain in the wrist.
Few Simple Remedies
A very simple remedy for carpal tunnel include hanging the arm over the side of the bed at night while sleeping, gently rubbing or shaking the hand and running warm or cold water over the hand. If the person is overweight then it is advised to lose some weight and if the person smokes, then he must quit smoking immediately. Treatment may also include resting the affected hand at night in a splint or continuous splinting to keep the wrist and forearm in a direct line. Vitamin B6 supplements have produced reduction in CTS signs and symptoms in some patients with the greatest improvement seen in those at high risk for deficiency. The usual dosage is 50-100 mg a day for at least a month. It increases the frequency of urination. Oral anti- inflammatory medication can be used or in cases of more severe pain, corticosteroid drugs may be taken orally or injected into the wrist after taking advice from the doctor. If these remedies are not effective, surgery is the last option available. The surgeon cuts the ligament running at the base of the palm to relieve pressure on the nerve but the pain may recur if the person’s movement patterns are not changed.