Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Thousands of people each year suffer with a painful hand and wrist condition called, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). Many people mistakenly think that they have this disorder just because of pain or tightening in the hands and wrists. There are specific characteristics which make this condion unique but correctable if treated properly.
Common Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Repetitious motion of the hand and wrist is the most common cause with improper computer work place erogonmics becoming more of a problem over recent years. Once you develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome many daily activities which you could normally perform cause wrist pain and are very painful and difficult. Actitivies such as golfing, tennis, gardening, carpentry, knitting, writing and computer work are to be avoided til the problem is corrected. Attempting to work through the wrist pain will only make your condition worse thus lengthing your recovery time.
How Can I Tell If I Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The typical symptoms are numbness and pain in the first three fingers, the thumb, and the palm. The pain typically worsens during the night and is relieved by shaking the hand. Aching may accompany the numbness and extend up the arm. In late cases, the hand and finger muscles may also show signs of severe weakness and shrinking.
What Can I Do To Ease the Pain?
Taking pressure off the nerves in the tunnel is of paramount importance. First, place your wrist in a non-flexed position to avoid bending it forward or back. Second, apply an ice pack or cold compress to the palm up side of the wrist to help reduce any inflammation. Use the compress for 20-minute periods with at least a 40-minute interval between each application. If you have extreme tightness in the forearm muscles, a moist warm compress can be used over those muscles only (do not apply heat to the wrist for wrist pain). See a chiropractor and a chiropractic examination of the wrist area.
Where Can I Go For Help?
Orthopedic physicians and Chiropractors are well educated and trained in the detection and care of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. They should examine the wrist for swelling, or movement problems the carpal/hand bones. X-ray images of the wrist and possible diagnostic tests may be ordered to assist the doctor in the proper course of treatment. Conservative medical and chiropractic care should consist of a combination of physical therapy, nutrition, ergonomic work/posture evaluation, fitted wrist braces, anti-inflammatory medication and/or exercises. Treatment time may vary from weeks to several months in successful cases. In the event that conservative treatments fail, localized injections may be attempted prior to surgery. Do not let these symptoms and wrist pain go untreated, the earlier you are diagnosed and treated the greater your chances are for a complete recovery.
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