What you should do if you find your hands falling asleep during the day

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the tube containing the median nerve narrows. The resulting pressure on the nerve causes weakness and increasingly restricts the movement of the hand.

The median nerve goes through the so-called “carpal tunnel” which runs along the palm and flexor tendons. This nerve is responsible for the rotation of the hand as well as for flexion of the hand. If this tunnel becomes narrower and therefore susceptible to additional pressure, we call this Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Most people affected by this condition are over the age of 35.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that affects the hand and will continue to deteriorate without medical treatment.

Diagnosis of the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The first sign of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a spreading of pain at night from the hand into the lower and upper arm. As the disease progresses, the pain will be felt throughout the daytime as well. More and more you will notice the muscles in your hands becoming weak and you may even experience paralysis. Although the pain may disappear at times, this may not be a good sign. This is an indication that the median nerve is being gradually destroyed. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome generally occurs in conjunction with tendonitis. Causes can range from injuries, such as dislocations, to hormonal changes, such as those experienced during pregnancy. Measuring the speed of conduction in the nerves helps to provide an accurate diagnosis

Treatment of the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Once Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is diagnosed, the first course of treatment involves the implementation of orthopaedic devices like splints and braces. Additionally, heat and cold therapy and the use of anti-inflammatory drugs can have a positive result. If these conservative treatments fail to produce results, surgical treatment is unavoidable. By enlarging the carpal tunnel, pressure will be taken off the median nerve and full conductivity will be restored.

Do not hesitate! Contact Professor Lill today to schedule an appointment. This experienced orthopaedic doctor has plenty of experience in treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and will certainly be able to help you.