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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

arwa(arif walid) Rabu, 03 November 2010
If work means working from nine to five in front of a computer, punching cash register keys, turning keys, or doing repetitive motion with the hands and wrists, you are at risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome, a collection of symptoms that may affect the hand sensation and movement.
The most common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is repetitive motion of the hands and mechanical stress on the palm. However, it may also be associated with several diseases and medical conditions such as arthritis, hypothyroidism and, gout, diabetes, obesity, and even pregnancy. If we take a look inside the wrists, we can see the carpal tunnel crowded with the median nerve, blood vessels, and tendons that flex our fingers pass. These medical conditions and repetitive motions can cause the tendons to swell, decreasing the blood flow to the hand and compressing the median nerve which supplies the thumb, index, and middle finger. This injury results in results in numbness, tingling, and pain. If left untreated, permanent damage to the nerves can occur. While you can’t keep your hand away from all the stress, the key to beating this syndrome is prevention. Here are some measures that prevent further damage and promote healing.
Correct keyboard techniques
The office presents a lot of hazards to its employees. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be prevented by keeping the hand in neutral position while typing. Rest your hands lightly on the keyboards. Place a wristrest beside the keyboard for a more comfortable hand position. You can use a mouse paw to help position your hand at the level of the mouse thereby relieving strain on the wrist.
The right grip
Most of us usually grip things using the thumb, index finger and middle finger instead of the whole hand. If possible, use your hands alternately. Also, avoid flexing too far from the joint.
Give your hand a break
Rest your dominant hand whenever possible. Exercise hands, wrists, and fingers in between long hours of repetitive work. When using vibrating tools like the jackhammer, take extended breaks. Rest your hands for several days if there is slight swelling and if hand movement is still possible.
Take some weight off
Obesity can also compress the nerves in the wrist.
Get the proper sleeping position
People with carpal tunnel syndrome experience more symptoms at night due to the accumulation of fluid in the wrists when lying down. As much as possible, avoid tucking your hand underneath your pillow or getting compressed by your body.
Keep fit
Exercise regularly to condition the body, you’ll be less likely to experience joint problems and in circulation.
Pay attention to the early warning signs of carpal tunnel syndrome. Ensure preventive and immediate self care and consult your doctor to avoid permanent damage.

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