Almost every tenth German between the ages of 40 and 70 suffers from the so-called carpal tunnel syndrome, women are affected about five times more often than men. And most of them ask themselves: What to do with carpal tunnel syndrome, what is the best therapy? But let's start with the...
Instead of relaxing in a restful sleep, many people are kept awake at night by pain in their hands. The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome range from slight tingling and numbness to loss of feeling and severe pain. But not only at night, but also during the day when stress can occur. Left untreated, the disease can cause severe damage to the median nerve and loss of grip. Therefore, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms must always be taken seriously and clarified. And it's right that you're asking yourself: what should I do about carpal tunnel syndrome?
Common disease carpal tunnel syndrome - who is affected?
Carpal tunnel syndrome affects women in particular. They develop it around five times more often than men. Women are particularly affected during and after menopause. However, carpal tunnel syndrome can also occur during pregnancy. Symptoms during pregnancy are caused by swelling and fluid retention, which increases pressure on the carpal tunnel, compressing the nerve. In most women, the symptoms disappear completely once the child is born and the body has adjusted again.
Most often, however, the symptoms appear with increasing age. The cause of the disease cannot usually be determined, but one-sidedly stressful activities such as driving a car for a long time seem to favor the occurrence and severity of the symptoms.
Recognizing the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms
How can carpal tunnel syndrome be recognized? Experts speak of five main symptoms that give a clear indication of the disease.
Tingling and numb fingers are very typical, with the thumb, index and middle finger being affected. This symptom is accompanied by pain in the wrist and forearm. Especially in the morning, the wrist is often stiff and painful when moving. In everyday life, two other important symptoms appear: the strength in the thumb and the control of the fingers decreases, which leads to problems with gripping and frequent dropping of objects.
What to do with carpal tunnel syndrome?
The trigger for pain and numbness is an increase in volume in the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel, or carpal canal, is a type of tube through which numerous tendons and the median nerve, the metacarpal nerve, pass. The tendons all have a thin covering, the tendon sheath. With heavy use, these tendon sheaths can proliferate, needing more space and the pressure in the carpal canal increases. So the strong symptoms stem from the pinched nerve. If carpal tunnel syndrome is left untreated, the nerve can be irreparably damaged. The hand then remains numb and the ability to grip is limited. It is therefore important to act quickly when the first symptoms appear.
The conventional therapy consists of immobilising the wrist using a so-called night splint, an advanced carpal tunnel syndrome is operated on. This involves splitting the roof of the carpal canal, widening the carpal tunnel and relieving pressure on the nerve.
curpal® is considered a gentle and extremely effective treatment alternative. curpal® is a new treatment method for carpal tunnel syndrome, in which an operation can be avoided by actively stretching the carpal tunnel. Pressure is applied to the back of the hand using an inflatable air cushion built into a cuff. This stretch widens the carpal tunnel and gives the pinched nerve more space. Patients report that with only three applications a day, the pain decreases significantly after just a few days.