Numbness and Pain in Arms


Quite often people do not pay much attention to the numbness of arms, believing that this problem will disappear in itself. There are many reasons why people suffer from numbness, with the most widespread being the carpal tunnel syndrome, a disorder that involves median nerve compression at the wrist. Normallyitbegins with the numbness, pain, burning of thumb, forefinger, middle fingerparticularly during the night. The carpal tunnel syndrome is more common in females, patients with diabetes mellitus, as well as those with reduced function of the thyroid gland.

Most often the carpal canal syndrome results from the long-time overload of arms. In making continuous repetitive movements, tendons and ligaments of the wrist can swell and thicken over time, gradually causing the compression of adjacent nerve. The reason can be also related to diseases or traumas.Most characteristic complaints are arm pain, burning, and numbness of the arms and fingers (particularly during the night).

Initially, the carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with anti-inflammatory medicines or splints, but if they do not help, then hand surgery is performed. It can be endoscopic or conventional. A small incision is made in the wrist during the surgery and under direct visual control or endoscopically, a ligament is divided to reduce the pressure in the carpal tunnel. In the world today, conventional surgeries are performed most often, because they have better results and fewer complications.

Duration of the surgery is on average 0.5 hours. Following the surgery local discomfort and pain may occur, which is well controlled with analgesic tablets. The wound heals in 2 weeks. The wound should be dressed 2 to 3 times a week. After two weeks the skin sutures are removed. In parallel, during the postoperative period, ergotherapy and training of the movements in the fingers and hand may be necessary.

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