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Causes and Treatment of Carpal Spasm

Sandeep Dhanyamraju MD
Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju
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Sandeep Dhanyamraju MD
Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju

Wrist spasm, also known as carpal spasm. It is a medical condition in which the muscles of the hand contract involuntarily. It is usually caused by low levels of calcium in the blood. It can also relate to various medical conditions or lifestyle factors.

Wrist spasms can be a painful and debilitating condition. It can significantly affect a person’s quality of life. But, with proper diagnosis and treatment, many people can relieve their symptoms.

In this article, we will explore the carpal spasm causes and treatments for carpal spasms. We will discuss the significant medical conditions that can lead to this condition. We will also look at other factors that may contribute to its development. We will also cover the different treatment options available. By understanding the carpopedal spasm treatment options, people take steps to manage symptoms. With proper and systematic treatment, you can improve your health and well-being.

What is a Carpopedal Spasm?

Carpopedal spasm is a disease characterized by involuntary contractions of the muscles. It leads to a range of symptoms, including pain, stiffness, and difficulty moving. This condition is usually associated with hyperventilation syndrome. Here, rapid breathing causes a drop in the level of carbon dioxide in the blood. This leads to some symptoms, including carpopedal spasm.

Severe cramping in hands and feet, known as carpopedal spasms. They can cause severe pain. These spasms can cause either by low calcium levels in the blood or by an infection known as tetanus. It occurs when bacteria infect a cut or deep puncture wound. It is extremely important to take preventive measures. Because conditions leading to carpopedal spasms can be life-threatening. If left unattended, seizures may occur. It is also possible to stop the heartbeat or even stop breathing. Treatment for carpopedal spasms usually involves addressing the underlying cause. Also, treatment helps in eliminating the symptoms themselves.

Carpal Spasm Symptoms

Carpal Spasm Symptoms

Involuntary muscle contractions in the hand and wrist, which occur irregularly and can be difficult to control, characterize wrist spasms. Symptoms of carpal spasm can range in severity and include:

  • Sudden, involuntary muscle contractions or cramping in hands and feet muscles;
  • Muscle weakness;
  • Tingling and numbness in hands;
  • Pain or discomfort while cramping in hands and feet;
  • Stiffness in the fingers or hand;
  • Difficulty moving the affected hand or fingers;
  • Twitching or jerking movements in the affected hand or fingers;
  • Cramping or tightening of the muscles in the hand or wrist.

Individuals may experience varying symptoms depending on the underlying cause of the condition. If you are experiencing symptoms, it’s important to take proper carpopedal spasm treatment.

What Causes Carpal Spasm?

Wrist spasm, also known as carpal spasm. A decrease in blood calcium levels usually causes it. It can result from a variety of underlying medical conditions or lifestyle factors. Some of the most common carpal spasm causes include:

  1. Hypoparathyroidism. A condition in which the parathyroid glands do not produce enough parathyroid hormone. This can lead to decreased calcium levels in the blood.
  2. Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium in the body. A deficiency in this vitamin can lead to a decrease in blood calcium levels.
  3. Respiratory alkalosis. A condition in which the pH of the blood becomes too alkaline. This can cause decreased calcium levels in the blood.
  4. Liver cirrhosis. A condition in which the liver is damaged and cannot function properly. This will affect the body’s ability to regulate calcium levels.
  5. Renal failure. A condition in which the kidneys are not functioning properly. It can lead to an imbalance in electrolytes, including calcium.
  6. Alcoholism. Chronic alcohol use can impair the body’s ability to absorb calcium. This can lead to low blood calcium levels.
  7. Malnutrition. A lack of calcium in the diet can lead to a decrease in blood calcium levels, which can contribute to carpal spasm.

It is important to note that wrist spasms can also be a side effect of some medications. This can occur from the use of diuretics, antipsychotics, and antiepileptic drugs. 

Carpopedal Spasm Treatment

Carpopedal Spasm Treatment 

Carpopedal spasms are severe muscle spasms. They can cause severe pain in the arms and legs. These spasms may cause by low calcium levels in the blood or by an infection known as tetanus. It can occur when bacteria infect a cut or deep puncture wound. Left untreated, carpopedal spasms can lead to life-threatening complications. The most common of these are convulsions, cardiac arrest, or even respiratory failure. So, prompt treatment is crucial to manage the symptoms and prevent further complications. In this response, we will explore the carpopedal spasm treatment options available for carpopedal spasms. 

Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements

Calcium and vitamin D supplements are often used in the treatment of cramping in hands and feet. This is especially if the condition causes by hypoparathyroidism or vitamin D deficiency. Calcium and vitamin D work together to help regulate calcium levels in the body. In turn, it is important for muscle function and other processes in the body. Here is some more information on these supplements:

  • Calcium supplements

Calcium supplements are available in various forms, including calcium carbonate and calcium citrate. The dosage and form of calcium supplementation depend on the person’s needs. The patient’s medical history is also taken into account. It is important to take calcium supplements as directed by your doctor. This is because taking too much calcium can lead to side effects. Some of the main ones include constipation, nausea, and kidney stones.

  • Vitamin D supplements

Supplements may recommend for calcium supplements. Because the vitamin helps the body absorb calcium. Vitamin D supplements are available in different forms, including vitamin D3 and D2. The dosage of vitamin supplements depends on a person’s needs. It is important to take vitamin D supplements as directed by your doctor. All because taking too much vitamin D can lead to the side effects we discussed above.


Medicines can use to treat carpal spasm. There are special medications to help regulate calcium levels in the body. Here are some of the medications that may use:

  • Calcium-channel blockers;
  • Diuretics;
  • Anticonvulsants;
  • Hormone replacement therapy;
  • Bisphosphonates.

Lifestyle Changes

Also to medical treatment, lifestyle changes can also be beneficial in the treatment. Here are some lifestyle changes that may help:

  • Diet;
  • Exercise;
  • Weight management;
  • Stress management;
  • Avoiding triggers.


Surgery is generally not considered a first-line treatment for carpal spasm. This is because the condition is usually caused by underlying medical conditions that can treat by nonsurgical methods. In some cases, surgery may recommend. This occurs when other treatments are ineffective. Here are some examples:

  1. If the carpal spasm causes by hyperparathyroidism, surgery may recommend. The surgery removes the affected parathyroid gland(s). This can help to normalize calcium levels in the body and reduce symptoms.
  2. Spasms may cause by a thyroid condition, such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Surgery to remove part or all of the thyroid gland may recommend in some cases.
  3. In rare cases, cramping in hands and feet can cause by other underlying diseases. These diseases often need surgical intervention. For example, tumors or cysts.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can be an important aspect of a spasm treatment plan. A physical therapist can work with patients to increase their flexibility and strength. Thus alleviating symptoms and preventing future spasms. Here are some examples of how physical therapy may be used in the treatment of carpal spasm:

  • Stretching exercises.
  • Strengthening exercises.
  • Range of motion exercises.
  • Ergonomic modifications.

It is very important to work closely with the health care provider. This is important to determine the most effective carpopedal spasm treatment depending on the underlying cause. In some cases, the condition may be chronic. In such a case, ongoing treatment need to prevent complications.


  • What deficiency causes hand spasms?

Hand cramps can cause by a variety of underlying medical conditions. Nutritional deficiencies are also one possible factor. In particular, a lack of calcium, magnesium, or vitamin D can contribute to muscle cramps.

  • Should I worry about hand cramps?

Hand cramps can be a common and recurring phenomenon for many people. This is especially so after activities that need repetitive movements or prolonged grasping. In most cases, hand cramps are not a cause for concern and can relieve by self-care measures. These include stretching or massaging the affected area, taking a break from activities, or applying heat/cold therapy.

  • Can lifestyle factors contribute to carpal spasms?

Yes, certain lifestyle factors. These include alcoholism, poor diet, and prolonged bed rest. These can contribute to decreased blood calcium levels and lead to wrist spasms.

  • Is carpal spasm a permanent condition?

Wrist spasms can become a chronic condition. It is fraught if left untreated or if the underlying cause is not effectively treated. But, with proper diagnosis and treatment, many people can prevent long-term complications.

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