diseases

CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME


Introduction:

We are not aware how much time we spend with the computer and keyboard. School children, middle aged, old people everyone works on the computer resulting in rise in the number of patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. Women are three times more likely to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome than men.

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs due to compression of the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel in the flexor retinaculum at the wrist.

Bounded by bones and ligaments, the carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway located on the palm side of your wrist. This tunnel protects a main nerve to your hand and nine tendons that bend your fingers. Pressure placed on the nerve produces the numbness, pain and weakness in the hand that characterize carpal tunnel syndrome.





If left untreated damage can be caused to the muscles and nerves.

Diagnosis is made on the basis of signs and symptoms by a physician. Median nerve does not provide sensation to little finger, so that finger is not involved.

Your doctor will also want to test the sensation in your fingers and the strength of the muscles in your hand. Pressure on the median nerve at the wrist, produced by either bending the wrist, tapping on the nerve or simply pressing on the nerve, can bring on the symptoms in many people. The following diagnostic tests are recommended.

Electromyography measures the tiny electrical discharges produced in muscles. A thin-needle electrode is inserted into the muscles your doctor wants to study. An instrument records the electrical activity in your muscle at rest and as you contract the muscle. This test determines if muscle damage has occurred.

Nerve conduction study is carried out. Two electrodes are taped to your skin. A small shock is passed through the median nerve to see if electrical impulses are slowed in the carpal tunnel.



Homeopathic medicines are safe, easy to administer and free from side effects. If carpal tunnel syndrome occurs during pregnancy, most of the women are hesitant and afraid to take conventional medicine thinking about adverse effects it may have on the baby.

Homeopathic medicines can cure them if medicines are given after detail case taking. Tingling, pain, numbness is the common symptoms but in Homeopathy individualization is done. For e.g. one patient may have tingling, numbness which is worse only during 4 p.m.He and 8 p.m.He is anxious, restless but does not complain much.

He is very committed to work. In spite of the trouble he will complete the work and then rest.

Another patient may have tingling, pain and burning sensation which is relieved by application of cold water. He is thirstless. Symptoms are worse when he feels hot.

Some patients complain of tingling, numbness and swelling in wrists and first three fingers, especially when they feel anxious. They have difficulty in concentrating. They feel cold but perspire profusely on some parts of their body. Also the constitution of the patient is considered i.e. the physical and mental make up of a person.

Some patients are fair, fat and flabby; others are lean, thin with stoop shouldered. All such factors are considered before starting Homeopathic medicines. Gradually the pain, numbness will subside and the patient is restored to health mentally and physically.


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