|The white horizontal band is the ligament causing carpal tunnel syndrome. Image from Wikipedia; originally from Netter.|
Symptoms: When the median nerve is squished, the palm of the hand, the fingernails, the thumb, and index, middle, and half of the ring fingers, will feel numb, weak, tingly, and possibly pain. Only these regions of the hand will be affected as these are the areas innervated by the median nerve (see the image below, they are highlighted in red).
|Median nerve innervation in the hand. Image source here.|
Treatment: Naturopathically, we would prescribe lots of rest (less texting!), wrist supports, hand massages, hydrotherapy (ice during an acute attack, heat other times, or whatever feels best to the individual patient), and anti-inflammatory herbs. People with chronic carpal tunnel surgery may opt for surgery; however sometimes the surgery doesn't help and some people get better without any surgery at all. The surgery involves cutting the transverse carpal ligament to allow it to expand, reducing the compression/squishing of the median nerve.
Note: please seek out professional and individual health care advice. This blog post is not meant to diagnose or treat.