Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a muscle and tendon disorder that causes numbness, tingling and some disturbing sensation in the hands, arms and fingers. Other than arthritis and injury, carpal tunnel syndrome can also be triggered by having a compressed median nerve in the carpal tunnel. So basically, health problems, injuries and repetitive hand motions are the leading cause of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel set of symptoms range from slight discomfort and sensations to excruciating pain, muscle weakness and severe burning or prickly sensations. These symptoms are said to worsen over time,which might cause the pain to extend to the rest of the arms and limbs. In fact, some patients have come out to say that they lost their gripping strength due to CTS. So, proper treatment is the only way in which you can relieve yourself from the stress, the pain and the agony that comes with carpal tunnel syndrome.
According to some orthopedics, carpal tunnel syndrome is also known to develop post-stroke, especially if the pain and discomfort is not dealt with at an early stage. It is for this reason that doctors try to introduce limb and muscle exercises for patients who are on a stroke recovery process. The exercises are meant to help patients relearn how to move their limbs, something that stroke took away from them for a while. At the end of the day, muscle exercises are very important during your post-stroke and carpal tunnel syndrome rehabilitations.
If truth be told, there are no specific strategies to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, but there are some tactics that you can use to minimize the chances of getting CTS, tactics to help you alleviate the pain, the numbness, the tingling and the prickly needles, and tactics that will bring back hands’ mobility. Here are 3 care tipsfor you:
- Reduce the force in your hands and relax your grip – Does your work involve too much of computer use? Whether you are a cashier or you are a content web writer, try to relax your fingers and hits the keys softly. If you are not using a computer but you do too much of hand writing, you should also try to relax your grip as you hold your pen/pencil. In fact, find a pen with a soft grip adapter and free flowing ink to ensure that you do not strain your hand and fingers.
- Give your hands frequent breaks –Do not sit for hours working on your computer. Take some frequent breaks to stretch your fingers, your hands and your arms. You can also carry some stress balls with you for some physical therapy. From time to time, squeeze your stress balls to give your wrist and hands a good stretch.
- Pay attention to your posture – When you roll your shoulders forward and shorten your neck (common with computer users), you compress the nerves in your neck area. At the end of the day, this will affect your hands, wrists and fingers. Therefore, improve your posture in order to reduce your chances of getting CTS.
Clearly, you can manage your CTS on your own. However, just like any other medical condition, if the symptoms persist,seek medical help.