Tips For Reducing Inflammation Caused By Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome affects millions worldwide, and can result in severe pain and inflammation.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of a large set of somewhat modern diseases called repetitive strain injuries (RSI), though it can actually only be described as such when caused by repetitive strain (as very often it is). As might be inferred, RSIs result from prolonged and repeated minor stressors upon a part of the body, in this case the carpal (or wrist) tunnel, the center of the wrist. Usually this sort of damage is caused by improper typing pose which puts excessive strain on the tendons of the wrist, causing them to be grated against the roughly cube-shaped carpal bones over and over until they finally become sticky and thick with wear. This causes intense pain in the wrist and hand as the tendons and nerves become inflamed. Other states, like pregnancy and less favorable conditions such as diabetes, may cause or increase the likelihood or severity of CTS.

The carpal tunnel is so-named for the apparent tunnel formed by the bones and connective tissues through which the median nerve and various tendons servicing the hand must pass. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome usually include tingling, pain and lack of sensation in all the fingers of the hand but the littlest because the median nerve services all these fingers for sensation. Symptoms may also include poor grip, depending upon the severity of the condition, because the median nerve also services some muscles of the hand, including parts of the palm.

Caught early enough, carpal tunnel syndrome is entirely treatable, mostly through use of various exercises suited to the illness. Because pain and inflammation with the condition can sometimes be quite severe, treatments have also been devised to reduce swelling and the associated pain and discomfort caused by pressure on the wrist nerves.

One method adopted by most, if not all victims of the condition is the use of medication to reduce swelling and pain. Aspirin is a popular choice, as always, but ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium work equally well at pain relief and the reduction of inflammation, depending upon an individual's response to each type of medication, which may vary. Many patients exceed the recommended dosage of each medication in order to meet pain relief needs, but this is not usually recommended without prior consultation with a physician. It is quite possible that your doctor will give you the go-ahead on liberal medication, but it is absolutely necessary that they be informed of any potentially risky practices, so you really should consult before self-medicating.

Some exercises may relieve tension and inflammation of the carpal joints. One such exercise suggested by a former patient goes as follows, to be performed whenever wrist pain is noticed.

* Hold your arms out horizontally.

* Make a fist with the afflicted hand, and point your fist toward the floor as hard as you can. This will stretch your tendons. Hold this position for five seconds.

* Splay your fingers and try to make your hand point toward the ceiling from this position--this may be hard, so don't strain yourself. You should feel a stretching sensation.

Consult your doctor before taking on a regular exercise routine for the condition, and be sure to discuss any and all treatment options that would be appropriate to your particular condition. Numerous exercise routines exist to aid in the relief of CTS, and several tools may help you relieve the pain and inflammation associated with the illness. Wrist braces, namely, which may be purchased at your local drug or grocery store can often be of great relief.

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