Hand cramps

7 August 2018
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7 August 2018, Comments: 0

Hand cramps can cause discomfort either intermittently or chronic. Once cramping occurs, it is difficult to create a fist or bring the fingers together.

What are the causes?

Some of the usual causes of hand cramps include the following:

  • Low magnesium – magnesium helps in preventing muscle cramps.
  • Dehydration – lack of water in the body can lead to dehydration which affects the functioning of the muscles and results to cramping
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Poor circulation – this occurs if there is insufficient blood flow in the body.
    Hand cramps

    Hand cramps can cause discomfort either intermittently or chronic.

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome – this occurs if the nerve travelling from the forearm to the palm is crushed.
  • Stiff hand syndrome – this is a complication of diabetes leading to limited finger movement due to thickening and waxiness of both hands
  • Kidney disease

Management of hand cramps

Some of the general home remedies for hand cramps include strengthening exercises, stretching, increased intake of fluid intake and vitamin D supplements.

The treatment might also be based on the root cause of the symptoms.

  • Low magnesium levels – increase the intake of magnesium by adding leafy greens, whole grains and legumes. A magnesium supplement can also be taken.
  • Dehydration – for mild cases, provide water or rehydration drink that contains electrolytes. In severe cases, it requires medical care.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome – it is recommended to take frequent breaks, avoidance of activities that worsen the symptoms and application of an ice pack. In some cases, splinting, over-the-counter medications, physical therapy or surgery might be suggested.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are given along with corticosteroids and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). In some cases, surgery is necessary.

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