Hand cramps

Hand cramps

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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?

Generally, some of the usual causes of hand cramps include the following:

  • Low magnesium – at first, 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

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

Furthermore, 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. Take a magnesium supplement.
  • Dehydration – for mild cases, provide water or rehydration drink that contains electrolytes. In severe cases, it requires medical care.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome – take frequent breaks, avoid activities that worsen the symptoms and apply an ice pack. In some cases, splinting, over-the-counter medications, physical therapy or surgery are also part of the treatment.
  • 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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