How to Mend Your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is an injury that occurs in the hand and wrist area that afflicts the Median nerve (a nerve that runs from the forearm into the hand). This nerve runs through the carpal tunnel which is a space in the wrist surrounded by a series of small bones (also known as the Metacarpals). These bones create several joints allowing free movement of the wrist and have a rigid ligament that links them together (also referred to as the Transverse Carpal ligament). Nine tendons (known as the Flexor tendons) also run through the carpal tunnel. When the Median nerve is pinched or compressed at the wrist, this may happen in any number of ways, the resulting injury is referred to as CTS. Interestingly enough CTS is similar to Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (TTS) which occurs in the ankle.
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To understand how the pressure is put on the median nerve, it's important to understand the anatomy of the wrist. The transverse carpal ligament (also called the extensor retinaculum) runs like a bridge across the inside of the wrist at the base of the palm. The carpal tunnel lies beneath this ligament. The median nerve lies between the transverse ligament and the flexor tendons within the carpal tunnel. When CTS symptoms occur, pressure on the nerve is generally caused by tightening due to swelling and inflammation within the carpal tunnel. As space in the tunnel decreases there is no longer room for the fluid movement of tendons through the sheath, pinching the nerve against the transverse carpal ligament, causing tingling, numbness, more inflammation and eventually pain.
This pressure can be caused by a number of factors including a wrist injury or trauma, hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, work requiring repetitive motion, fluid retention during menopause or pregnancy, repetitious work with power tools, or a tumor.
Once problems begin in the carpal tunnel and wrist it is difficult to heal due to the lack of blood flow and oxygen to the wrist. The trick to reducing the inflammation in the carpal tunnel and relieving the compression of the nerve is to reduce swelling and subtly improve blood flow. To treat the swelling, pain, inflammation and compression quickly, you can effectively use ColdCure TechnologyÂ®. Whatever the cause may be, the condition is usually signaled by gradually increasing symptoms over time.
What Symptoms Should You Expect?
The most comment symptoms of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome include:
- Numbness and tingling during sleep/sleep interruption
- Pain/numbness in the hand, wrist, and forearm
- Poor circulation/clumsiness of the hand
- Loss of grip strength/atrophy
When is Surgery an Option & What Surgical Prodcedures Mend CTS?
Surgery is often considered a last resort for this injury, and will only occur if you experience severe pain that interferes with your ability to use or move your wrist during daily activities. The surgeon may perform a surgical procedure called a "carpal tunnel release". During this procedure the surgeon will make a small incision into the wrist and will cut across the Transverse Carpal ligament in order to create more room in the carpal tunnel. This effectively releases the pressure that is being placed on the Median nerve.
What Treatments are Available to Mend Your CTS?
Most tendon injuries typically require longer healing processes because tendons are tough, dense tissues that normally receive very little blood flow.
It is best to heal any tendon injury with minimal scar tissue formation and as much realignment of fibers as possible; which can be accomplished through Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy.
As soon as your wrist is injured your body triggers natural events that isolate damaged tissue and prepare it for healing. The main symptoms you will immediately feel after injury - the swelling, redness (rubor), heat (calor), pain (dolor), and loss of function - are really just signs that your body is starting to heal.
Unfortunately when your wrist is swollen and inflamed the damaged tissue is blocking vital blood flow from coming into the tissue to continue the natural healing process. When your blood flow is blocked, the other healthy tissue in your wrist is starved of oxygen, nutrients and antibodies needed for your healthy tissue to thrive and for your injured wrist to heal. This is why it's never good to let a new injury stay untreated for too long.
Using cold compression immediately following a wrist injury, re-injury, or surgery reduces pain and swelling and reduces the tissue damage that occurs with soft tissue injuries.
Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy
What can be done for your wrist when the swelling is gone, but the pain is still there? Once the swelling is gone our bodies are starving for the naturally occurring oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy available in our blood. Blood flow is like the life force of our bodies, and the healing process really takes off only when the wrist receives proper blood flow.
If you want to heal quickly you need to keep your blood flow moving constantly, but you also need to make sure your wrist is actively getting rid of cellular waste and toxins. This is where BFST® comes in, but what exactly is BFST® and how can it help to accelerate healing?
BFST® is exactly what it seems - it's a therapy that substantially increases the flow of blood to your wrist without the need to exercise your already damaged tissue.
Think about your injured soft tissue as if it is a sponge that has dried out. Your damaged tissue is waiting there ready to absorb all of the benefits of increased blood flow but your body is unable to keep up with the demand of what your tissue needs. BFST® boosts your body's natural blood flow, delivering oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy directly to the source of your pain. Once you start receiving all of the benefits BFST® has to offer your injured wrist becomes like a sponge that now has enough blood flow within reach to soak up everything good that is in your blood flow. Increased blood flow through BFST® also acts as a cleanser for your tissue, whisking away all toxins and cellular waste.
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