CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a disorder characterized by pain, numbness, weakness and tingling in hand especially affecting the thumb, index finger and middle finger. The wrist consists of fibrous tissue bands which act as support for the bones and joints. The space between the wrist bones and tissue band is known as carpal tunnel. The Median nerve travels through this tunnel and receives sensation from the thumb, middle fingers and index fingers. Swelling or pressure on the tissue band can squeeze or irritate the nerve which cause a set of symptoms collectively known as carpal tunnel syndrome. Worsening of the condition can even cause weakness of the hand muscles leading to difficulty in grasping objects. In case this condition is untreated, it could result in damage to the nerve and significant loss of the function of the hand.

CAUSES

Tendon inflammation caused due to continuous hand work like typing, sewing, driving or playing some musical instrument could exert pressure on median nerve thus causing this disease. Certain diseases like leukemia can lead to deposition of various abnormal substances around the tunnel adding to the possibilities of the disease. Other common factors which can contribute in the development of the condition involve-

  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Pregnancy or menopause
  • Broken wrist
  • Infection
  • Alcoholism
  • Kidney or cardiac failure

SYMPTOMS

The following are the sensations in the affected hand-

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Cramps or burning sensation
  • Weakness in hand causing reduced grip strength
  • Shooting pain in the forearm

The symptoms seem to worsen at night.

TREATMENT

Homeopathy is considered to be a best alternative for relieving the pain and discomfort of the carpal tunnel syndrome. Homeopathic remedies which are best suitable in healing process of this condition involve-

Arnica– This remedy proves to be very effective when there is inflammation or inner injuries caused due to repetitive usage of fingers or wrists. This can make the area sore, swollen and bruised up, and could cause cramps. The remedy instantly eases the cramps and swelling.

Calcarea Phosphorica– This remedy is indicated when shooting pain occurs in nerves and bones in the forearm involving stiffness and swelling in both arms and neck. The pain tends to worsen on cold application. The person feels sensitivity and weakness in arms.

Causticum– When this syndrome becomes long lasting and recurring, this remedy is preferable. It helps to cure the bruised feeling, stiffness, weakness along with burning pain and contraction felt in hand muscles.

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