How many times have you been sitting at your computer when that annoying tingling pain in your hand keeps distracting you? When annoying pain turns to sharp, sudden pains shooting up your arm, your productivity likely comes screeching to a halt. You may have carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful condition characterized by pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness in the fingers or hand.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed at the wrist. The median nerve and tendons run through a small space in your wrist called the carpal tunnel.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel include tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger, as well as pain between the hand and elbow. Sufferers often describe the need to shake out their hands when they wake up. You may also notice difficulty when gripping small items or forming a fist.
Although painful sensations may indicate other issues, carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common and widely-known nerve compression.
Some people are predisposed to developing carpal tunnel syndrome, as their carpal tunnel may be small, thereby compressing more easily than in others. Women are three-times more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome perhaps because their carpal tunnels are smaller than that of men.
Traumas, such as sprains or fractures that cause the wrist to swell, can also compress the median nerve. Other factors that lead to carpal tunnel include hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, and fluid retention during pregnancy or menopause.
When inflammation causes your carpal tunnel to flare up, you need Cool’n Tape Reusable Cold Wraps. Cryotherapy (fancy for cold) helps reduce inflammation and numbs the pain away. Once you wrap your wrist, Cool’n Tape stays in place, allowing you to work or exercise normally.
If your carpal tunnel syndrome is a result of another condition, such as arthritis or diabetes, that underlying issue should be treated under the supervision of your doctor. Avoid worsening the symptoms by resting your hands or immobilizing them in splints to prevent your wrist from bending.
In some circumstances, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen and aspirin, can be used to treat the pain and swelling of carpal tunnel syndrome. Water pills may help decrease the swelling and oral corticosteroids may relieve the pressure on the median nerve.
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