Carpal tun­nel syn­drome

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Your Health -

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.

Find­ing re­lief

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.

This ar­ti­cle is brought to you by Merck Con­sumer Health. Merck is one of the lead­ing com­pa­nies for in­no­va­tive and top-qual­ity hi-tech prod­ucts in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and chem­i­cal sec­tors.

For more in­for­ma­tion, e-mail ch.my@mer­ck­group.com or visit your doc­tors or phar­ma­cists to find out more about Neu­ro­bion. KKLIU No.0967/2015

Neu­ro­bion is a com­bi­na­tion of vi­ta­min Bs which helps im­prove nerve con­di­tion and re­lieve nerve pain due to carpal tun­nel syn­drome.

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