CAUSES, RISK FACTORS, SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT
Have you ever experienced carpal tunnel syndrome at the time of your pregnancy or after delivery. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition during pregnancy. Carpal tunnel is formed by wrist bones on the bottom and the tough band of connective tissue on the top called Transverse carpal ligament or flexor retinaculum.
During pregnancy the median nerve which passes through this carpal tunnel gets compressed and causes a certain kind of discomfort in the hands, because of swelling the fluid which gets collected in the carpal tunnel, putting pressure on the median nerve causes numbness, tingling sensation and pain occurs on the hands. Overall 60% (60 in every 100 percent) of the pregnant women may experience the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Symptoms may range from mild to very painful which may affect one or both the hands. Carpal tunnel syndrome is common during the second and third trimester.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS :
Follow up advices for carpal tunnel syndrome
It is always advisable to prevent the symptoms by avoiding the overuse of hands and keep ur hands on pillow to allow for rest.
Ice pack can be given in the pain area(hands and wrist) approximately for 10 minutes. It's followed by a hot pack as a contrast bathe and this can be given for 5 to 6 minutes.
Try to keep your hands in an elevated position ,when you hang down your hands because of insufficient circulation it can cause swelling.
Avoid sleeping on the affected side and place one pillow comfortably to keep the affected hand on it . Don't hang down your hand to prevent the pain and wear the splint for the overnight.
It's mandatory to continue with exercises after a period of rest which helps to prevent the swelling.
Stretching exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome :
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Wrist flexion and extension:
Wear neutral wrist splints at night time to lower the carpal tunnel pressure and to prevent the symptoms. By following this all these precautions and exercises carpal tunnel syndrome can be prevented. Wish you all a happy and healthy pregnancy:)
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