The Carpal Tunnel and the Intensity Twin Stim III
The carpal tunnel is the passageway that connects the forearm with the palm’s deep plane middle compartment. This tunnel is susceptible to its very own syndrome, but a device like the Intensity Twin Stim III can diminish the pain that this part of the body may be subjected to. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that affects the hand and arm. Even though the carpal tunnel is a very narrow path, it is traversed by several tendons that control the bending motion of the fingers, and by the median nerve. That is why when that nerve is pinched, the resulting numbness, pain and weakness affect the entire hand and/or arm.
As a matter of fact, radiating pain is one of the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. This pain extends up from the wrist to the shoulder, or down to the palm or fingers. Other symptoms include tingling or numbness in all fingers but the little one, especially while steering a wheel, or holding a phone or newspaper; and a sense of weakness as well as a propensity to drop objects. It is often difficult to pinpoint the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome, but anything that pressures or irritates the nerve, for example a wrist fracture, can provoke this condition.
Concurrent conditions can trigger and worsen a case of carpal tunnel syndrome. For instance, diabetes, alcoholism, and other chronic illnesses can increase nerve damage risk, while inflammatory disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and infections can damage the wrist tendons. In addition, pregnancy, menopause, obesity, thyroid disorders, kidney failure and other conditions that alter the balance of body fluids can put pressure on the median nerve. Individuals who work with vibrating tools, or on assembly lines, may be at a greater risk due to the prolonged and repetitive flexing nature of their occupations.
Carpal tunnel syndrome may be prevented by reducing force and relaxing the grip, taking frequent breaks, improving posture, and keeping hands warm. Treatment can be surgical and non-surgical. The latter involves wrist splinting, NSAID drugs, and corticosteroids, while the former entails either endoscopic surgery or open surgery. Another alternative may be to treat this syndrome with the electric stimulation supplied by the Intensity Twin Stim III unit. Before attempting this course of action though, consult your doctor on whether or not this may be helpful in your particular case.
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