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CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

Ismat Khoja
Ismat Khoja
🔸Are you by any chance experiencing numbness, pain or tingling in just half of the hand? ⁣⁣
🔸Does the pain bother you at night the most?⁣⁣
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If YES, then probably you It's Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.⁣⁣
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Q. What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome❓⁣⁣
Compression of the Median Nerve at the wrist at the carpal tunnel. ⁣⁣
Carpal tunnel is basically a narrow pathway of structures such as ligaments and bones at the wrist joint. ⁣⁣
The median nerve supplies sensation to 3 and a half fingers of the hand. The thumb, index, middle and half of ring finger. ⁣⁣
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Q.What are the symptoms❓⁣⁣
One might experience tingling, burning or numbness in the three and a half fingers which is supplied by the median nerve. The symptoms are worse at night. But it might cause trouble throughout the day if untreated. ⁣⁣
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Q.What are the cause ❓⁣⁣
🔸Repetitive stress injury ⁣⁣
🔸Pregnancy due to fluid retention⁣⁣
🔸Menopause due to fluid retention⁣⁣
🔸Cyst or ganglion at the wrist ⁣⁣
🔸History of trauma or fracture at wrist ⁣⁣
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Any of the factors which cause compression, pinching, pressing of the nerve will result in CTS.⁣⁣
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Q.How to diagnose CTS ❓⁣⁣
See an orthopedic or physiotherapist to help you diagnose the condition after performing some special test such as Phalen's test. If required EMG & MRI will be advised. ⁣⁣
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Q.How to manage ❓⁣⁣
🔹Resting the movements that provoke symptoms.⁣⁣
🔹Using night splint to provide rest at night.⁣⁣
🔹Avoid sleeping on the affected hand.⁣⁣
🔹Apply ice packs to the wrist if you swelling and redness is observed specifically seen in CTS during pregnancy due to fluid retention.⁣⁣
🔹Try median nerve and tendon glide for 5-10 reps, thrice a day. Hold each position for 2-3 seconds.⁣⁣
🔹Start working on strengthening the intrinsic muscles & lumbricals of the hand and all the muscles at the wrist once the symptoms subside. ⁣⁣
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Q. Can Carpal Tunnel Syndrome be prevented ❓⁣⁣
YES! If you are a desk worker, you are at a high risk of developing CTS as an occupational hazard. ⁣⁣
In order to prevent it, one must try and to the ergonomics adjustment to avoid compression at the wrist. ⁣⁣
Take frequent breaks in between your constant 8 hours of working and perform some active wrist and finger movements.⁣⁣
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⚠️Disclaimer: This health information is for general education purposes only. Always consult with your doctor or another health professional to get yourself clinically diagnosed & treated.⁣⁣
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