The median nerve runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, and it gives feeling to the thumb and fingers. When it becomes pressed or squeezed, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can occur. The carpal tunnel is a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand. It houses the median nerve and the tendons that bend the fingers. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common condition, but it can cause some discomfort.
Symptoms may include burning, pain, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of the hand and fingers. Initially, symptoms may appear in one or both hands overnight when wrists are flexed. Sufferers may wake up and feel the need to shake out their hands. As symptoms worsen, tingling may occur during the day. It may become difficult to perform manual tasks, grasp small objects, or form a fist. In chronic cases, people may not be able to decipher hot and cold by touch.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is typically caused by a combination of factors that reduce available space for the median nerve within the carpal tunnel. These may include trauma or injury to the wrist that cause swelling, mechanical problems in the wrist joint, repeated use of vibrating hand tools, stress, fluid retention, and a cyst or tumor in the canal. Usually, a single cause is difficult to identify.
To avoid permanent damage to the median nerve, early diagnosis and treatment are essential. In addition to avoiding tasks that may provoke symptoms, suffers can find relief with Milkweed Balm. The natural anti-inflammatory agents in Milkweed Balm will get to the source of discomfort when applied topically. Additionally, stretching exercises and frequent rest breaks when working may help reduce symptoms.