05 Oct Wrist Pain Controlling Your Life?
If you’re one of the countless people working away at their desk, ignoring the numbness or tingly feeling in your wrist which often leads to a sharp stabbing pain and ultimately muscle dysfunction, you may be a victim of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
But What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome appears when the median nerve, which runs from the spine into the palm of the hand, is squeezed or pressed, usually, at the wrist. The nerve controls sensation to the palm side of the thumb and fingers. Secondly, it is responsible for movement through the thumb and fingers.
The carpel tunnel – a narrow passageway of ligament and bones at the wrist thickens from the tendons or other structures becoming irritated and narrows the tunnel, causing the nerve to become compressed. This results in pain, weakness or numbness in the hand or wrist.
How Do I get Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Females actually have a larger risk of developing it because the carpal tunnel is smaller than males. Other than that however, many factors can come into play. The most predominant trend tends to be associated with every day activity. Believe it or not, the largest percentage suggests that office workers are at highest risk. This could be due to poor ergonomics among other causes. If you would like to read about creating an ergonomic work environment, click here!
What Can I Do to Treat It?
Firstly, there is evidence to suggest Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is reversible to a certain point, so ensure you are stretching your wrists regularly to promote movement and mobility of the nerve and surrounding structures. A great wrist stretch can be found here!
Remedial therapy is a great way to treat it, closely followed by stretching and lastly self massage. Although, it is recommended you consult with a remedial therapist before undergoing self treatment as misdiagnoses is common which may often lead to greater issues.