Carpal tunnel syndrome
LET’S suppose you are in bed one night going to sleep. Suddenly, the numb or tingling sensation you have been having in your hand turns into a pain that shoots through your arm.
Or let’s say instead that these symptoms suddenly show up while you are typing, driving, using your mobile phone or holding a cup of coffee. Sound familiar? Then it is possible that you have what is called carpal tunnel syndrome.
The carpal tunnel is a tiny bony passageway in the wrist through which the median nerve – a major nerve to the hand – and several tendons pass.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when this nerve becomes pinched or squeezed for one reason or another. This causes numbness, tingling, pain and weakness in the hand that characterise carpal tunnel syndrome.
Many factors can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome. Some people are congenitally predisposed to get the problem. Women are more likely to get it than men because they have smaller carpal tunnels and the condition is also often triggered by pregnancy and menopause.
Causes of carpal tunnel syndrome
Many factors can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome. Some people are congenitally predisposed to get the problem.
Women are more likely to get it than men because they have smaller carpal tunnels and the condition is also often triggered by pregnancy and menopause.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can also occur due to wrist injuries or inflammation and swelling in the carpal tunnel due to health problems such as rheumatoid arthritis. Some diseases such as diabetes increase the risk of damage to the median nerve.
The chances of getting carpal tunnel syndrome also rise with activities such as using power tools and working in jobs which involve repeated and prolonged flexing of the wrist, as happens in assembly lines.
If you have developed carpal tunnel syndrome and want to relieve the tingling, numbness or pain, there are several ways to go about it to restore your hand and wrist function.
People who only have a mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome can ease their discomfort by taking breaks to give their hands a rest, avoiding activities that increase the symptoms and possibly applying a cold pack on the affected wrist to bring down any swelling.
Often, the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome consists of putting a splint or brace on the wrist.
This holds the wrist still to help relieve the symptoms and may also be worn at night.
Pain can also be relieved by anti-inflammatory or steroid medications, which reduce the inflammation and swelling of the tissue that is putting pressure on the median nerve.
Other non-surgical therapies that can help provide relief include massage as well as stretching and strengthening exercises of the lower arm.
These can help to rehabilitate hands and wrists that have become weak due to carpal tunnel syndrome.
If the symptoms still do not stop, carpal tunnel surgery may be necessary whereby the pressure on the median nerve is relieved by cutting the tissue that is pressing on it.
Keeping nerves healthy
Vitamin B is highly important for healthy nerves, with vitamin B1 (thiamine), B6 (pyridoxine) and B12 (cobalamin) being essential for them to function normally. All three of these B vitamins come in the health supplement Neurobion.
Vitamin B1 strengthens nerves and helps to provide energy for nerves. Vitamin B6 is necessary for the proper transmission of impulses along the nerves. Vitamin B12 regenerates nerves, protects nerve cells from damage and is important for overall nerve health.
Known as neurotropic vitamins, these vitamins work synergistically with each other in treating or slowing down the progression of nerve damage.
Neurobion with a combination of vitamin B1, B6 and B12 is clinically known to nourish the nerve cells.
Neurobion helps to improve nerve function and relieve nerve pain as well as keep the feelings of tingling and numbness at bay. Take Neurobion today to help keep your nerves healthy.
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Neurobion is a combination of vitamin Bs which helps improve nerve condition and relieve nerve pain due to carpal tunnel syndrome.