Neuropathy and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Neuropathy and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Neuropathy is the clinical term for numbness and tingling, and it occurs in many different forms. Neuropathy usually manifests in the hands and feet, but it can occur in any part of the body and is usually caused by nerve damage in the area. The most common causes of damage to the nerves are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Diabetes.


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Treatment


Numbness and tingling can be reduced by relieving pressure on the nerves and there are a number of treatment options available. In most cases, numbness and tingling is little more than a nuisance but it is important to seek medical attention as they could be indicative of a more serious medical condition.


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What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?


The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in your wrist made which contains the nerves that run from the arm to the fingers. When the nerves become constricted, the patient will experience numbness or tingling in the hand and if left untreated, weakness will develop. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is most likely to be caused by overuse of the hand, building pressure in the carpal tunnel, but it can also be a result of injury, incorrect posture or other medical conditions.


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Carpal Tunnel Treatment Options


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is relatively easy to treat. There are non-invasive treatment options which include medication and physical therapy. If these options do not produce adequate results, surgery may be required to ease the pressure in the area.


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What Is Diabetic Neuropathy?


High Blood Sugar causes damage to the nerves in the body, although it is most likely to affect the nerves in the hands and feet. It can also cause numbness in the lower half of the body, sexual dysfunction and digestive problems.


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Treatment for Neuropathy


There is no cure for diabetic neuropathy but controlling blood sugar can minimize the symptoms. There are also medications to improve the symptoms and reduce pain.