Many people with carpal tunnel syndrome have gradually increasing symptoms over time. The first symptoms of CTS may appear when sleeping, and typically include numbness and paresthesia (a burning and tingling sensation) in the fingers, especially the thumb, index, and middle fingers.
These symptoms appear at night because many people sleep with bent wrists, which further compresses the carpal tunnel. If the median nerve is already under stress, the increased compression of the bent wrist creates the numbness and tingling. Difficulty gripping and making a fist, dropping objects, and weakness are symptoms of progression. In early stages of CTS individuals often mistakenly blame the tingling and numbness on restricted blood circulation and they believe their hands are simply “falling asleep”. In chronic cases, there may be wasting of the thenar muscles (the body of muscles which are connected to the thumb).
It is important to note that unless numbness or paresthesia are among the predominant symptoms, it is unlikely the symptoms are primarily caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. In effect, pain of any type, location, or severity with the absence of significant numbness or parasthesia is not likely to fall under this diagnosis.
There are a number of ways one can treat CTS, these treatments include:
- Avoiding any strenuous work.
- Wearing a wrist splint.
- Physical therapy can help strengthen your joins.
- Ozone Therapy
- Medicine for CTS can be prescribed by a GP or specialist.
- In some cases surgery is necessary, especially if you’ve had CTS for a long period of time or if there is severe nerve damage.
Treating a condition is far more difficult than preventing it. If you know CTS runs in your family or if you start experiencing any of the symptoms named previously consult your GP immediately. Here are a few things that can help you prevent developing CTS:
- Take care of your general health. Eat healthy food, exercise regularly and see your GP annually for a check-up.
- Stop smoking.
- Exercise your arms and wrists.
- Do Ozone Therapy.
- Be careful of strenuous work, especially if you have to any symptoms.
- Switch hands when cleaning or when doing continuous movements.
- Work on your posture.
- Reduce salt intake.
- Wear wrist splints while sleeping to ensure your wrists stay straight.
CTS is a progressive disease and it is best to get diagnosed as soon as possible. Ozone Therapy can also help you prevent or treat CTS. Ozone Therapy can fight inflammation, reduce swelling & pain, speed up recovery of damaged tissue, nerves & bones, neutralise excess acids in the body, strengthen the immune system and improve your overall health.
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