Many Type 2 diabetics see a lot of the complications associated with diabetes manifest in their hands. Some of these complications can be mild or more of an annoyance than anything else, while others are much more life-altering. One of the more serious of these complications is called stiff hand syndrome.
Stiff hand syndrome is caused by a dramatic increase in the collagen levels, both in the skin as well as just below the skin. Collagen is a part of connective tissue in the skin which helps in the firmness, suppleness and constant renewal of skin cells. It is also important for skin elasticity. When blood levels rise due to not being managed properly, the level of collagen also increases. In some cases, even the skin on the back of the hand may take on a waxy texture and become thickened, making it tighter.
The first symptoms of this condition will appear in the little finger as a mild stiffness. As it worsens, the stiffness will begin to spread throughout the other fingers and eventually, lastly, settle in your thumb. The stiffness will continue to worsen until it becomes very difficult to fully extend your fingers.
In you believe you may have the condition but aren’t sure, there is a simple at-home test you can carry out to help you form a diagnosis. Simply put your hands together as if you are praying. You should be able to touch each of your joints, your skin between each of your fingers, and your palms. If there are any gaps between these areas, then there is a possibility you have stiff hand syndrome.
If you find you have stiff hand syndrome, there are a number of exercises you can perform to not only work the muscles of your hand and stretch them, but the exercises are also designed to strengthen them, as well. The exercises were developed to work your skin, making it more pliable. However, when performing these exercises, you should immediately stop them if you begin to feel pain or discomfort.
Sometimes physical therapy is even necessary to alleviate the pain. Talk to your doctor about what your options are based on the severity of your condition.
While either of these treatment options are able to provide relief for many people with Type 2 diabetes, the best way to deal with this condition is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Keeping your blood sugar under control will help to ensure you never have to deal with the unpleasantness of stiff hand syndrome.
Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. It need not slowly and inevitably get worse. Now is the time to take control of your blood sugar… take back your health and prevent those diabetic complications.
For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body.
The answer isn’t in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Beverleigh_H_Piepers
© 2013, Filipino Nurses. All rights reserved. DISCLAIMER: The accuracy of all articles contained in this website are the responsibility of their respective authors. All articles are for informational purposes only and are NOT intended to replace the advice of a doctor. The owner of this site disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on these information. If you have any health-related questions, please consult your physician. If you feel ill, please seek medical attention immediately.