Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Symptoms and Treatment

Thursday, 10 Feb 2011 02:11 PM

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Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve (this nerve runs from the forearm to the hand), gets pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers. It also controls impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move. Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the hands and is an upper limb neuropathy that results in motor and sensory disturbance of the median nerve.
 
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
The most common cause of Carpal tunnel syndrome is repetitive, forceful movements of the hand, especially with the wrist bent, or the hand held in an awkward position. It irritates the tendons and causes them to swell. For example, spending a good deal of time on punching cash register keys, gripping strings or holes on a musical instrument, twisting a screwdriver, clicking a sluggish computer mouse, or doing any other repetitive jobs.
 
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The symptoms of Carpal tunnel syndrome are: numbness, tingling sensation, burning and aching in the thumb, index, and middle fingers, and in the thumb-side of the ring finger. In the early stages, these symptoms tend to appear in the middle of the night or shortly after an extended period of repetitive motion. As the condition worsens, the discomfort occurs more frequently and becomes more bothersome.

Alternative treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome includes home remedies, herbs, supplements, diet, and alternative therapies. The natural remedies used are acupuncture, acupressure, vitamin B6, herbal medicines, yoga, chiropractic, feldenkrais, and hellerwork.
 
Top Treatment Centers
Several treatment centers are available to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. The top centers that can treat carpal tunnel syndrome are:
4.      Cleveland Clinic

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