There are certain blights that come with having a desk job. And no, I’m not talking about your lack of motivation or your disorganized desk. The problem I am talking about concerns your health. Staying at your desk from 9 to 5 and continued staring at your computer screen can cause a lot of health issues. One of them is the case of compressed nerves. Incessant typing on keyboard tires your hand but it can also lead to pinched nerves in hand causing carpal tunnel syndrome.
What is CarpalTunnelSyndrome?
In CTS, median nerve in the wrist becomes compressed due to the pressure of ligaments in the carpal tunnel. The nerves which pass through narrow space are more at risk of getting compressed. They can get pressurized by keeping the body in the same position for a long period of time.
It has been noted throughout history but the first case of carpal tunnel syndrome was documented in 1854 by Sir James Paget. It was reported in median nerve compression. The pinched nerves have more frequently appeared after World War II. Later, more doctors began to study this curious ailment and many theses were written on it. The first person to determine the pathology was Dr. George S. Phalen.
The symptoms include tingling, numbness and occasional pain in hand especially index finger, middle finger, and thumb. Weakened grip and loss of sensation are major symptoms also. In severe cases, you may become unable to move your hand.
The symptoms of the patient play an important role in the early diagnosis of CTS. American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) has published a reference standard in the proper diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome, that is Phalen’s maneuver, Tinel’s sign, Durkan test and hand elevation test. This problem pertains to neurology and orthopedic. A pinched nerve doctor could be a neurologist, an orthopedist or a chiropractor.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is treated by medicines, injections, wrist splints, physiotherapy, and surgery.
- Medicines – NSADs like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are used to reduce inflammation and swelling of the pinched nerves.
- Steroid shots – these injections are known to reduce swelling of the surrounding muscles and reduce pain.
- Wrist Splints –the basic and long-term treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome or any issues related to nerve compression is the use of splints. Splits work like a temper cast which allows the affected areas to rest and prevent further damage. CTS gets better over time without any major treatment.
- Physical therapy – it includes exercise routines for wrists to mitigate inflammation and revive the nerve.
- Surgery – in some severe cases, when none of the above-mentioned treatment worked, surgery can be done to alleviate the pain. The cause which is responsible for the compression of the nerve is removed during the surgery.
This serious condition can be prevented by doing exercises at regular intervals between working hours. Some easy hand exercises such as stretching can help a lot in this matter.