Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the most frequently occurring neuropathies, mostly widespread among women aged over 40. The carpal tunnel is a duct located at the level of the wrist, in which three sides are formed by the carpal bones and the fourth, of the palm, consists in a retinaculum of flexors and transveral ligament of the carpus. This tunnel therefore hosts all structures coming from the forearm, necessary for the hand: the nerves, tendons and blood vessels.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome originates when the median nerve, connecting the hand with the brain and therefore enabling finger movements, perception of pain and of the temperature, as well as controlling perspiration of the palm, is compressed inside the carpal tunnel. Causes leading to this compression are to be found in job-related activities (repeated movements, which are prolonged for many hours, incorrect posture of shoulders and arms, use of computer mouse and keyboard), as well as in traumatic events (injuries and distorsions).
Problems that can be associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are to be traced both at systemic level, as well as in certain physiological conditions, for instance diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis amyloidosis,hypothyroidism, acromegaly, high pressure, renal failure, fungal infections, pregnancies, use of oral contraceptives, premenstrual syndrome, menopause, arthritis and deforming arthrosis, etc. Following one or more of these causes, a rise in pressure inside the carpal tunnel takes place that, together with an elongation of tendons and nerves, leads to the onset of an inflammation (tenosynovitis) of the flexor tendon bursa. The carpal tunnel’s dimensions diminish and the median nerve is compressed.
Typical symptoms start with burning and tingling in the hand, particularly at the level of the first three fingers. As the disorders progresses, it also causes numbness and swelling of the hand and pain, increasing particularly at night and in the mornings, symptoms that can extend up to the elbow. If neglected, this chronic inflammation can lead to a loss of sensitivity in the fingers and weakening of the whole hand.
Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with conventional medicine
In case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, as for tendinitis in general, conventional medicine resorts to anti-inflammatory medicines, administered in the form of topical applications (creams, gel, bandages soaked in a pharmacological solution), but also tablets, granulates up to local injections in the most serious cases. Anti-inflammatory medicines, though often useful in bringing relief from pain, are, however, responsible for a long series of side-effects, all the more serious according to the length of intake period.
Such side effects are essentially linked to the fact that the anti-inflammatory activity is carried out owing to a sole active principle which, not being selective, in addition to promoting the primary pharmacological activity (by reducing inflammation and pain), ends up altering several physiological mechanisms, leading to countless secondary activities. Among these medicines it is possible to identify two large groups: steroidal anti-inflammatories (cortisone-based medicines) and non steroidal anti-inflammatories, better known as “NSAIMs” (an acronym standing for Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Medicines).
Among the side-effects of cortisone-based medicines, which are very strong anti-inflammatories with immunosuppresant activities: in low dosages, glaucoma, intracranial hypertension, bowel perforation, gastric ulcer, gastric hemorrhage; at medium dosages: myopathy, increased blood pressure, diabetes, cataract; at high dosages, hyperglycemia, water retention, weight gain, growth retardation, osteoporosis, gastric ulcer and reduced immune defenses. Alternatively, patients resort to non steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIMs, an acronym standing for Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Medicines), for instance those containing active principles such as acetyl salicylic acid, ketoprofen, ibuprofen, diclofenac, nimesulide, etc., widely recommended medicines that act by inhibiting synthesis of chemical mediators called “prostaglandins”: such action is at the origin of both pharmacological activity and numerous side-effects.
To comprehend just how this is possible it must be borne in mind that prostaglandins carry out multiple organic functions: there are, in fact, “bad” prostaglandins (though it is not technically correct to call them this way) as they cause the insurgence of inflammation, hyperalgesia, fever; but there are also “good” prostaglandins, carrying out multiple physiological activities: they promote protection of the stomach from gastric juices, they regulate renal blood flow, uterine contractions, platelet activity, etc.
That being said, it is clear that use of so-called NSAIMs, often turning into an “abuse” given their being easy to retrieve, is inevitably connected to several side-effects. Examples thereof are: inhibition of gastric protection, with consequences ranging from simple irritations to lesions, ulcera and gastrointestinal hemorrhage, inhibition of platelet aggregation, renal ischaemia, generic nephropathy and renal failure, etc.
In the most serious cases, when serious damage to the median nerve is diagnosed, surgical intervention is required, which involves severing of structures compressing the nerve, particularly the ligament lying above it, so as to restore the hand’s original functionality. Most patients undergoing surgery solve the problem of the syndrome; yet, rehabilitation following the operation is surely not a short process (requiring even several months); rigidity in movements can remain unvaried, with additional risk of infections.
This is why it is important to have available a valid, natural alternative, capable of providing relief in case of painful symptoms and rigidity connected to the problem of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, while being totally free from side-effects even if taken for prolonged periods of time.
Nature can help you in the case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome