Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common condition characterized by pain, weakness, and numbness in the muscles of the hand. There is a small tunnel-shaped structure in the central part of the wrist joint through which passes a nerve called the median nerve. This particular nerve supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand.

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carpal tunnel syndrome

Any factor leading to an increase in the contents of the tunnel or decrease in the size of the tunnel itself can compress the nerve while passing through the tunnel from the hand into the palm.

Who Are Affected By Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Whites are more affected by carpal tunnel syndrome.

It is more common in males. The peak age for the occurrence of carpal tunnel syndrome is 45-60 years.

Factors Leads To Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The exact cause of CTS is unknown, but the following risk factors have been identified:

• Such work that needs the repetitive use of the hand.
• Obesity.
• Trauma to the wrist bone.
• Hypothyroidism.
• Diabetes.
• Alcoholism.
• Amyloidosis.
• Arthritis.
• Multiple myelomas.
• Cardiac failure.
• Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS).

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Signs and Symptoms

• Pain with numbness and tingling move up in arm to the elbow of the patient.
• Object handling becomes difficult for patient and objects to drop from hands.
• There is trouble in the handling of small objects and difficulty in feelings things in hand.
• There is a burning type of pain in thumb, index and middle fingers of the hand of a patient.

How To Investigate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

•There are no blood tests to be done for the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome.

•No imaging studies are considered routine in the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome.

•Electrophysiological studies including electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies are considered as the first-line investigation.

Differential diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome

•Cervical disc disease.

•Cervical myofascial pain.

•Cervical spondylosis.

•Compartment syndrome.

•Diabetic neuropathy.

•Leprosy.

•Lyme disease.

•Medial epicondylitis.

•Mononeuritis multiplex.

•Neoplastic brachial plexopathy.

•Reflex sympathetic dystrophy.

•Thoracic outlet syndrome.

•Traumatic brachial plexopathy.

•Lateral epicondylitis.

•Overuse injury.

•Thoracic outlet syndrome.

•Traumatic brachial plexopathy.

Is It Manageable ?

Most patients get relief from carpal tunnel syndrome by the conservative or surgical method of treatment.

Homoeopathic treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome

Calcarea carb

•Well indicated medicine for carpal tunnel syndrome.

•Arthritic nodosities of hands.

•Weakness of extremities.

•Rheumatoid pains as after exposure to wet.

•Sweat on hands.

Calcarea phosphoricum

•This medicine also acts well for carpal tunnel syndrome.

•There are stiffness and pain with cold, numb feeling, worse any change of weather.

•There is the pain in joints and bones.

•Weary when going upstairs.

Causticum

•Causticum helps well in treating cases of carpal tunnel syndrome.

•There occur paralysis of single parts.

•Dull, tearing pain in hands and arms.

•Heaviness and weakness in arms.

•Numbness, loss of sensation in hands.

•Rheumatic tearing in limbs better by warmth especially heat of bed.

Guaiacum

•Well indicated medicine for rheumatic pain in shoulders, arms, and hands.

•Gouty tearing with contractions.

•Joints are immovable with stiffness.

•Joints swollen, painful and intolerant of pressure can bear no heat.

•Stinging pain in limbs.

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