Hello All, today we are going to look at Carpal Tunnel, what it is, how you get it, and what Exercises you can Do For Carpal Tunnel. If you suffer from it badly and exercise doesn’t work then it may be necessary to have surgery. Have you heard of this syndrome before? Let me know in the comments below.
What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. This nerve runs from your neck all the way to the wrist. It causes tingling, numbness, pins and needles, and pain in your hand, wrist, and fingers. You can treat it yourself, but it Is a very long-drawn-out process. A lot of sufferers get it in both wrists but it’s usually worse in the predominant hand.
What Causes CTS
CTS occurs when the carpal tunnel inside your wrist swells and squeezes the median nerve.
You are more likely to suffer from it if you :
- Suffer from arthritis or diabetes
- are pregnant
- have a parent or sibling with CTS
- If you have had a wrist injury
- If you do work or hobbies that means you repetitively bend your wrist or you hold something tight.
What Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Feels Like
- Numb fingers, normally your thumb, index, and middle finger
- Pins and needles or tingling in all of your fingers
- Difficulty with opening things and reduced strength in the thumb
- Pain in the arm, wrist, or fingers
The pain can come on at any time without warning. Even, if the affected wrist is at rest. The tingling in the hand and fingers is very annoying. It’s also a sign to say you have done too much with that wrist so you need to rest it as much as you can.
How Is It Diagnosed
Firstly you will need to visit your doctor and describe your symptoms. The doctor will then carry out a small examination of your wrist and hand. If he or she is not positive about the diagnosis then you will need to go for an ultrasound scan for confirmation.
Exercises for Carpal Tunnel
It’s always best to do a gentle warm-up first.
- Stretch your thumb by pulling it back very gently, holding it for 10 seconds, and then releasing it. Do this 4 times.
- Rotate your wrist up, down, and from side to side. Do this 4 times.
- Stretch your fingers as far apart as you can, hold them for 5 seconds then relax them, and then stretch them again. Do this 4 times.
Now the exercises.
- Extend your arm out in front of you with your palm facing up.
- Bend your wrist-slowly pointing your fingers to the floor.
- Using your other hand, gently bend your wrists a little further until you feel The stretch in your forearm
- Hold this position for at least 15 to 30 seconds. Do this 2 to 4 times.
- Repeat steps 1 to 4 of the above stretch but start with your extended hand palm facing down.
- Start with your palms together in front of your chest just below your chin.
- Slowly lower your hands toward your waist, keeping your hands close to your stomach and your palms together until you feel a stretch in your forearms.
- Hold That position for 15 – 30 seconds. Do this 2 to 4 times.
If you feel any pain then stop immediately
Carpal tunnel can go away on its own if you rest the wrist for a few weeks but it can come back if you go back to the activities that caused it in the first place.
You can wear a splint to help to keep the wrist straight, for best results wear it at night, including when you are sleeping.
You can take anti-inflammatory s or paracetamol for the pain. If these are not effective your doctor may give you a steroid injection directly into the wrist, to reduce the inflammation. This method is not a cure and it may be necessary to repeat the process.
Try to stop whatever the activity is that’s causing the problem, if it’s related to your work such as using a computer mouse then that could prove to be very difficult for you.
Surgery is the only other option if all else fails.
You will be given a local anesthetic in your wrist so you do not feel any pain, a small cut is then made in your hand. The carpal tunnel inside your wrist is cut to relieve the pressure on the nerve.
This is an outpatient day surgery procedure that takes about 20 minutes.
It can take up to a month after the operation to get back to doing normal things.
My Final Thoughts
Whilst writing this information for you my fingers were tingling all the way through, this is very off-putting but not painful. The exercises above help to relieve and reduce these feelings. Although very tempting don’t overdo them.
Try to rest the affected wrist whenever possible. Because the pain comes and goes without any warning, be very careful when handling anything hot. The other advice I can give you is don’t sleep on your arm or hand, even if you can do this you are very likely to wake up with a numb hand or just the fingers.
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