Severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The symptoms and characteristics of severe carpal tunnel syndrome are defined by how much the condition interferes with your life. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition also medically known as a peripheral entrapment neuropathy. This pathology is caused when the median nerve (the “peripheral” nerve which runs between the hand and the arm) gets squeezed or ”entrapped” at the wrist joint. This causes varying degrees of pain, numbness, tingling, burning and loss of dexterity and grip strength.
The median nerve controls movement in the hand but also sensory information like pain from the palm side of the thumb and fingers (not the little finger). The nerve passes through a space called the carpal tunnel. Inside the wrist, which is a canal formed between wrist bones and ligaments that hold them together. The canal is like a passageway for the median nerve and adjacent flexor tendons inside the forearm (which control finger flexion).
The nerve gets entrapped because sometimes the flexor tendons and other nearby tissues become thickened. This narrows down the carpal tunnel causing the median nerve to become compressed. The result of this compression felt differently in different people, and usually involves symptoms like pain, numbness or tingling in the fingers or weakness in the hand and wrist.
Signs of Severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Severe carpal tunnel syndrome is when the sensations become extreme. It usually results from doing nothing or even aggravating the condition. Aggravating carpal tunnel syndrome can occur if you things like overwork your hand while it’s still painful.
The sensations of such as pain, burning, weakness, numbness and tingling can become quite most severe. Signs of severe carpal tunnel syndrome are that the symptoms begin to radiate up the arm. Also, the hand becomes weak, as do the fingers. You lose dexterity and grip strength. It becomes difficult to do simple things like pick up coins, button a shirt or write with a pen.
The symptoms of severe carpal tunnel syndrome usually begin gradually. The person might feel pain and one or more of the associated sensations like tingling, numbness, burning or itching in the fingers and palm of the hand. Sensations are usually most pronounced in the thumb, index and middle fingers. Sometimes the fingers feel swollen even though they’re not. These sensations can occur in one or both hands at the same time, and pain becomes more intense as time goes on, especially if the symptoms are ignored.
As severe carpal tunnel syndrome progresses without treatment it usually results in wasting of the muscles at the base of the thumb. You can actually see the bump between your wrist and thumb get smaller. People with advanced severe carpal tunnel syndrome also may lose the sensation of hot and cold.
Treating Severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with the 3 Must’s: Rest, Avoid, Massage
Severe carpal tunnel syndrome is only treated by relieving the pressure on the median nerve. When treating, you should consider 1) How severe the pain is, 2) How long you’ve had the pain, and 3) How much the pain affects your life.
Carpal tunnel syndrome should not be allowed to advance to where the pain is excruciating. Yet this is what happens in many cases. By that point severe carpal tunnel syndrome can still be treated successfully using therapies like deep tissue massage.
Rest your hand and insure you don’t do anything that could aggravate the condition. Keeping your hand quiet for 2-4 weeks can dramatically reduce symptoms; unfortunately most people cannot go that long without using their hands. But take preventive measures, like when you sit at a computer too long. Splinting your hand at night will help you avoid over bending your wrist joint. This will allow your hand to rest comfortably at night. Most splints do the same thing so don’t be fooled into buying ‘special” splints, which happen to also be expensive. Also, stretch your fingers, hand and wrist often. The more stretching you do the less likely your symptoms will progress.
Avoid the repetitive hand movements or hand strains that made your hand sick to begin wtih. These days, many people use keyboards extensively and daily, and this could be the source of your hand stress. If you do, optimize your workstation, limit mouse usage, and take periodic breaks from typing (even 30 seconds helps). Watch your posture (that’s very important!) and use proper typing technique like not straining for hard-to-reach key combinations, and resting your elbows and wrists when not typing. Remember, if it hurts, stop working.
Massage on your wrist and forearm using deep tissue myofascial release massage techniques is essential, and it’s 100% effective. That’s becasue the root cause of the problem is tendon inflammation.
If you already have carpal tunnel syndrome you must attack the problem of tendon inflammation directly. To permanently alleviate such inflammation, merely removing pressure on the median nerve (like surgery attempts) is not enough. And it’s one reason carpal tunnel surgery fails so often. And due to its ineffectiveness, today carpal tunnel surgery is considered entirely unnecessary.
Only deep tissue myofascial release massage can alleviate the inflammation permanently because it drains fluid while also breaking the adhesions that cause the inflammation. It’s 100% effective, but you need such massage expertly performed by a trained therapist daily for 4 weeks. Or you can use the Carpal Rx which is calibrated to perform this identical myofascial release massage therapy on your wrist and forearm automatically, at home, and every day for 4 weeks. So why visit a therapist every day if you can get the same treatment at home?