Each year, hundreds of thousands of people are diagnosed with carpal tunnel Syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a nightmare for everyone and even limits your ability to live day by day. However, this condition is often a misdiagnosis as to the patient’s real problems with their bodies. Too often people go through life changing events and/or surgeries to alleviate the pain in their bodies when massage therapy and other treatments can get at the root of the problem. Real carpal tunnel syndrome causes severely debilitating effects and has very specific causes.
To understand what carpal tunnel is and how it works, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has to be defined. At the base of the palm, where the wrist and hand meet, is tight canal or “tunnel” where nerves and tendons pass to go into the hand. This canal is known as the carpal tunnel, and a syndrome is “A group of symptoms that together are characteristic of a specific disorder, disease, or the like.” (//dictionary.reference.com/browse/syndromes) Numerous nerves pass through the carpal tunnel but the culprit is a nerve known as the “Median Nerve” (//www.medicinenet.com/carpal_tunnel_syndrome/article.htm#1whatis).
When under pressure, how this nerve causes the pain commonly mistaken as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is simple. The tendons that pass through the carpal tunnel are surrounded by lubricating tissues called the synovium. “The synovium lubricates the tendons and makes it easier to move the fingers. This swelling of the synovium narrows the confined space of the carpal tunnel, and over time, crowds the nerve.” (//orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00005) This puts pressure on the nerve and the nerve becomes inflamed, sore, increasingly sensitive, and becomes damaged. This results in pain, tingling, numbness, loss of wrist and hand strength, loss of flexibility and range of motion.
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Many possible conditions and circumstances can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. The most common being “Hereditary is the most important factor as carpal tunnels are smaller in some people, and this trait can run in families. Hand use over time can play a role. Hormonal changes related to pregnancy can play a role. Age, because the disease occurs more frequently in older people. Medical conditions, including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid gland imbalance can play a role.” (//orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00005) Besides genetics and age, the most common way to get carpal tunnel syndrome is from over use of your hands, this is known as repetitive strain injuries. “Repetitive strain injuries tend to come with work that demands repeated grasping, turning and twisting; they are especially likely if the work requires repeated twisting or involves repetitive vibration. As well as stressful hand, arm and neck positions and a number of sports can bring on repetitive strain injuries.” ) Finding the exact cause however is difficult and is sometimes confused with bursitis and tendonitis as well as never receiving an actual diagnosis. According to experimental findings, “Women are three times more likely then men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.” (//www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/carpal_tunnel/detail_carpal_tunnel.htm)
In order for doctors to diagnose a patient to determine whether or not they have carpal tunnel syndrome, they can perform many tests. Typically these tests are physical tests, such as the Tinel test, and determine the patient’s ability to use the wrist and the feelings associated with the actions or movements. Other tests include x-ray and electrodiagnostic tests. These determine if the patient has diabetes, arthritis, or fractures. When diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, a person has a few choices on how to deal with their problem. Their choices are wrist splints to try (in vain) and alleviate the pain and reduce the swelling, simple rest and relaxation which always warrants a positive effect although it is unlikely to remove the syndrome completely, drugs and medication although they will not remove the effect they will remove the feeling of pain and discomfort from your brain to and try and trick you into thinking you’re okay, holistic therapy such as physical therapy, massage therapy, yoga, ultrasound, chiropractic manipulation, and acupuncture which can relax the muscles (and subsequently the tendons) in the body as well as remove trigger points which make muscles inelastic and places large amounts of pressure on the surrounding nerves and blood vessels, and the other recourse is surgery which may not be needed nor is there a guarantee that it will remove the syndrome. According to research, trigger points are responsible for the majority of the body’s pain and often leads to medical misdiagnosis, especially carpal tunnel syndrome. Because trigger points tighten muscles and trap nerves and blood vessels, the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused from nerve impingement anywhere from the neck all the way to the wrist. Holistic means can cure the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and unless the median nerve is actually damaged, will remove the condition entirely.
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In conclusion, carpal tunnel syndrome is a debilitating medical condition with no easy way to treat it. It can change the entire way you live your life. While it can often be misdiagnosed, it is a very serious, although not life threatening, medical condition that spells only pain and heartache for those inflicted by it.