Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Monday, September 19, 2011 at 10:02AM
Dr. Martin Dziak in Massage Therapy, carpal tunnel, carpal tunnel syndrome, causes of carpal tunnel, prevention of carpal tunnel, signs of carpal tunnel, symptoms of carpal tunnel, treatment of carpal tunnel
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that results from the pressure on the median nerve - the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in the hand and fingers. The median nerve provides feeling and movement to the "thumb side" of the hand (the palm, thumb, index finger, middle finger, and thumb side of the ring finger).

Causes and risk factors
Carpal tunnel syndrome is common in people who perform repetitive motions of the hand and wrist. The condition occurs most often in people 30 to 60 years old, and is more common in women than men. Typing on a computer keyboard is probably the most common cause of carpal tunnel. Other causes include: pregnancy, sewing, driving, assembly line work, painting, writing, use of tools (especially hand tools or tools that vibrate), sports such as racquetball or handball, playing some musical instruments.

Signs and Symptoms Treatment and Prevention
You may try wearing a splint at night for several weeks. If this does not help, you may need to try wearing the splint during the day. Avoid sleeping on your wrists. Hot and cold compresses may also be recommended. There are many changes you can make in the workplace to reduce the stress on your wrist. Avoid or reduce the number of repetitive wrist movements whenever possible. Use tools and equipment that are properly designed to reduce the risk of wrist injury.
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