Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful and most definitely inconvenient issue to have as the final step in curing it is surgery, which 90% of most patients speak about having had success, but on the down side it takes several months to regain the hand strength you once had in the first place. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve that travels through the tunnel of the wrist’s carpal bones is compressed at the wrist. This tunnel also houses tendons and when the membrane covering the tendons swells, the median nerve gets even more compressed causing pain and muscle weakness in the hands and wrists.
Ergonomic changes in offices and factories have reduced the number of carpal tunnel syndrome cases diagnosed each year. Still, it’s a painful, frustrating condition if you get it. Here are a few of the suggestions coming from Doctors in dealing with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
~Minimize activities that make symptoms worse; mainly the use of a keyboard and being on a computer all day in an awkward position.
~You can wear a forearm splint at night to keep your wrist from bending. This will help swollen membranes shrink, relieving pressure and discomfort for people with mild to moderate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
If neither of these things effectively helps with the swelling and pain, a doctor can inject a small amount of cortisone into the tunnel. These cortisone shots usually work like gangbusters and the condition improves in a few days. The down side to these shots though, is that no more than three injections per year should be given, as they are a steroid, so they will definitely help you find some unwanted pounds you never intended to look for in the first place. Also, if you’re diabetic, cortisone shots have a tendency to raise your blood glucose levels which is never a good thing. When you have elevated blood glucose levels due to a steroid, it’s much harder to bring those levels down to a normal level with insulin or even exercise. Elevated blood glucose levels can cause immediate and long term health issues, but that information is for another day's blog. Most recently, my husband, who is a juvenile diabetic, went through high blood glucose levels with a rotator cuff injury, having had a cortisone shot. Knowing this would happen, and against his better judgement, he got the shot anyway just looking for extra relief from the daily pain. Sure enough, he had about a 3 month period of highs and lows with his blood glucose.
So, if you’re not keen on having your wrists injected with Cortisone, or having surgery, maybe give Reiki a try as a last resort before surgery and Crystal & Magnetic Healing Jewelry for daily maintenance. Reiki could very well be your first resort to healing as it can relieve the swelling and pressure in order to reduce your pain. You may even be able to turn this disorder around and heal it so that you don’t have any pain at all, depending on how advanced your CTS is.
Surgery is considered as a last resort if splints, shots, Reiki, and Crystal Therapy haven’t reduced the pain. Doctors writing in Health News say the Surgeon cuts the transverse carpal ligament to lessen pressure on the nerve, which helps to alleviate the pain and swelling. Up to 90 percent of patients report that the operation is successful and pain is gone. It may however, take several months to regain hand strength. I would venture to say that in most cases, you would probably be able to stop the pain with Reiki and Crystal Therapy, so I challenge you to try Reiki before surgery and see if you can reverse the symptoms all together.
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