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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – 4 Keys to Relief!

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) can be extremely painful.  It affects the wrist. Typing on a keyboard is a repetitive motion that can cause CTS.  Sewing, playing sports and writing can also cause it.  It commonly affects women between the ages of 30 and 60, but can affect both genders of any age.

The carpal tunnel is where the nerves in the wrist meet the hand. Swelling greatly affects this area because it is small to begin with. Symptoms of  CTS can happen suddenly or occur over a long period of time. They can include pain in the thumb and fingers, a weak grip and pain extending to the elbow.

Treatment

Treatment can be accomplished in a number of ways.

  • A simple change in keyboards may be able to reduce many of the symptoms.
  • Wrist braces, hot and cold packs, and medications are also necessary in some case.
  • Surgery is another option depending on the severity.
  • Speaking with a doctor is always advised.  This will help avoid any further damage to these nerves.

Surgery Recovery

CTS surgery involves cutting the ligament pressing on the nerve. This relieves the pain.

  • This type of surgery has a high success rate. A person should be able to return to a normal life in one to three weeks.
  • Activities such as sports should be avoided for approximately four to six weeks.
  • Pain can be intense for the first few days following surgery. Medications help resolve this pain.

Exercises

Exercises for carpal tunnel are designed to relieve some of the symptoms and avoid surgery in patients with mild to moderate pain.

  • Five quick minutes before work can make a difference in how easily a patient is able to get through the day.
  • Start by extending the wrist with the fingers pointing up and holding for a count of five.
  • Then, create a fist and bend the wrist downward toward the floor for another count of five.
  • Repeat these exercises approximately ten times and then shake the hands gently to loosen the affected area.
  • This regimen should be performed daily before any activity suspected of causing carpal tunnel syndrome.

Prevention

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a repetitive stress injury.

  • Prevention is the best way to avoid surgery, and following the above steps is a good place to start.
  • Doing specialized exercises, taking breaks, and speaking with a doctor are all important to the overall healing process when a patient suspects an issue.

Follow these 4 keys to relief to enhance your ability to prevent and recover from carpal tunnel syndrome.

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