Find Relief Without Carpal Tunnel Surgery
If you happen to have a job where you constantly use your wrists and hands, you may be familiar with carpal tunnel syndrome. You may be all too familiar with the tightening in your wrist and forearm, the numbness and tingling, and even pain. You may even wake up in the night with these sensations, leaving you to wonder what you can possibly do about it.
To understand how carpal tunnel syndrome occurs, you need to learn a little bit about the physiology involved. Carpal tunnel syndrome happens when the median nerve is compressed. The nerve cannot function correctly this way, and you begin to feel symptoms. This condition can be annoying, and it can become debilitating or even extremely painful that may require assistance to help it to heal.
This is not a great condition for those who rely on their hands and arms to do their jobs. If you are a typist or work in an office, then you know that carpal tunnel syndrome can nearly cost you your job. It is the same for others who work in construction, who are painters or who may even cut hair for a living. People take for granted that their hands and wrists can keep performing even under the greatest of strains and so they are surprised when they start feeling pain and numbness in their hands or arms.
Surgery is a common recommendation for people with severe cases of carpal tunnel syndrome. This procedure may be done using twilight anesthesia. The surgical procedure cuts the transverse carpal ligament to relive the pressure on the nerve. This ongoing pressure can cause permanent damage if it s not relieved. The transverse carpal ligament wraps across the bottom of the hand, helping to contain many other vertical ligaments and nerves in the carpal tunnel. By cutting this ligament, it makes more space for all the vessels and nerves contained in this tunnel. The transverse ligament eventually will fuse back together with scar tissue, leaving more room for the ligaments and nerves to pass beneath.
No one can predict the true outcome of any surgery. When you are dealing with a complicated area containing small bones, ligaments and muscles like the hand and wrist, this can make it even more unpredictable. Costs of surgery and rehabilitation can cost up to $10,000 or more and you may still find yourself with symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. There is also the possibility of losing strength in your arms and wrists.
Preventing and relieving carpal tunnel syndrome is much easier than you think. To start, you should take some time off from doing what you are doing to cause your pain. Even if this is only a couple of days, the time off will help. Simple wrist exercises to stretch the transverse carpal ligament can be done to ease the pressure on the other ligaments. Work with a physical therapist to find the right stretches that work for you and you should see results almost immediately. Always use surgery as a last resort.
Preventing carpal tunnel is fairly easy. With only a little effort, the stretches and exercises will reduce the compression of your median nerve so you can avoid surgery.
Many carpal tunnel sufferers are told they need surgery when looking for relief from their pain. However, what some doctors dont tell you is that invasive surgery doesnt always alleviate all of your symptoms and can actually cause more problems. Follow this link to learn about alternatives to carpal tunnel surgery.
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Written by Tom Nicholson on July 4th, 2009 with
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