The Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful and disabling condition which mostly affects people who work with their hands. Middle-aged and pregnant women, and those who use their fingers a lot, like typists and pianists, are among the principle sufferers. In such people, this syndrome develops due to repetitive stress or overuse of a tissue inside a space in the wrist. The stress leads this tissue to swell up, resulting in the compression and pinching of a nerve. This, in turn, leads to the feeling of numbness in the hand and/or arm.
The syndrome causes a tingling numb feeling in the hand, thumb and first three fingers. Later, it can develop into sharp shooting pain in the hand and forearm. Some major problems that carpal tunnel syndrome patients face include the difficulty to grasp small objects as also the inability to clench their fists easily. Symptoms usually are worse during the night.
Do’s & Don’ts
Avoiding long periods of steady hand movements go a long way in alleviating the pain and numbness. It is always advisable to space your work properly and take frequent periodic breaks while doing work which involves grasping, turning and twisting. Keeping your hands and wrist in as natural a position as possible while working will be helpful. So is the use of proper wrist support when working desk jobs and using the keyboard. Any tingling and numbness will, in most cases, disappear by hanging down your hands and loosening them up. Placing cold packs on the painful area is another provider of relief. But in case the pain and numbness increase in intensity, a doctor should be consulted with immediately. This is because, in such situations, your symptoms will worsen very quickly without treatment. A healthy diet for this syndrome should be rich in vitamins B-complex, C and E.