Risk Factors For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

by Administrator 23. July 2015 06:40

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is a medical condition that results due to the compression of the median nerve that runs through the wrist. The main symptoms of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome are pain and numbness in the thumb and fingers. The pain can also radiate up towards the arm and shoulder causing discomfort. Certain risk factors are associated with the condition, which may increase the chances of developing Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.

Some of these risk factors include:

  • Age: Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is more common among older people. Children are rarely diagnosed with the condition.
  • Sex: The condition is more prevalent among women as compared to men. It could be due to the smaller size of the carpel tunnel in women.
  • Changes in Hormones:  Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause Carpel Tunnel Syndrome in women. However, the symptoms start to fade away with delivery and the patient may not require any specific medical treatment. Women undergoing menopausal phase are also prone to the condition.
  • Overweight:  Being overweight also makes one susceptible to Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. By remaining physically fit and active, one can prevent the condition.
  • Anatomical Factors: People who have small carpel tunnels are more likely to suffer from the problem. Wrist fracture or dislocation, that alters the structure of carpet tunnel and reduces the space, also puts pressure on the median nerve; thus leading to Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Inflammatory Conditions: Some conditions that are characterized by inflammation may affect the tendons in the wrist and exert pressure on median nerve.
  • Medical Conditions: Certain chronic illnesses such as Diabetes, Hypothyroidism, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis may increase the risk of nerve damage.
  • Smoking and Alcohol Consumption: Smoking and alcohol intake are associated with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. Smoking slows down the blood flow and worsens the symptoms.
  • Occupational Factors: Occupations that require repeated use of hands and wrists aggravate the symptoms of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. Typing, data entry jobs, carpentry works, industrial jobs, cooking, knitting, sewing, needlework, and using power tools can cause the condition
  • Psychological Factors: Certain psychological factors such as low job satisfaction and stress contribute to Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Physical Characteristics: The condition is prone to people with square or palm shaped wrists and poor upper back strength.
  • Other Factors: Poor nutrition, high cholesterol and previous wrist injuries also enhance the chances of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

By taking certain precautions and preventive measures, one can avoid the condition.

Dr. Neagle at OrthoTexas, Carrollton, provides complete diagnosis and treatment for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. To schedule an appointment with the hand surgeon, call at (972) 492 - 1334 or visit 4780 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75010.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Prevention

by Administrator 19. January 2015 14:06

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is caused due to various reasons, which makes it difficult to suggest a single mode of prevention. Still, some preventive measures can minimize the risk of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, especially if caused due to work related disorders. By making changes to the work area and the posture people can avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Employers are also trying to prevent repetitive stress injuries among employees by modifying the tasks, buying new ergonomic equipment and furniture, and analyzing workstations to reduce the stress.

If you work on computer all day long, then you are highly susceptible to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The Carpal Tunnel is a passageway for bones and ligaments at the base of the hand. The hand has a median nerve and tendon, which when pressed or squeezed causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The condition affects the sensations to the palm side of your thumb and fingers.

Here are some tips that can help you prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Rest And Avoid Repetition

If you do repetitive tasks such as using a keyword, it is crucial that you take regular rest and breaks. You should avoid overexertion of the wrist and hand muscles. By taking frequent breaks, you can reduce the discomfort and strain. During breaks, stretch your limbs, lean back in chair, take deep breaths and squeeze the shoulder blades together.

Maintain Good Posture

You should maintain a good posture, especially while typing or using the computer. You should sit straight with the spine against the back of the chair, rest your elbows along the side of the body and keep the wrists straight. Place the feet firmly on the floor or on a footrest. Keep the monitor at eye level so that your neck is not strained and keep the head upright so that proper blood circulation is maintained.

Use Ergonomic Furniture

Often bad posture is the result of poorly designed furniture. You should make sure that your chair is adjusted at proper height and has a supportive backrest.
Use right keyboard and mouse

Make sure you use right keyboard that can protect the hands and adjust the tension of the keys so that they can be pressed without any extra force. Your hands and wrist should remain in a relaxed position. Replace the keyboard with a jointed-type keyboard and the mouse with a trackball device.

To know more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or any other hand/wrist condition, consult Dr. Charles Neagle in Carrollton, TX. You can visit the hand surgeon at 4780 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75010 or call at (972) 492-1334.

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Orthopedic Treatment For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

by Administrator 15. May 2014 06:55

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is an extremely painful condition related to the hand, fingers and wrist. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is caused by compression of a nerve or when the position of the tissue inside the Carpal Tunnel shifts. Carpal tunnel is the space between the bone and the wrist and CTS can be caused by repetitive movements and fluid retention.

Causes of this condition:

  • Swollen tendons
  • Insufficient activity of the thyroid gland or hypothyroidism
  • Tumor in the carpal tunnel
  • Stress or diabetes
  • Subjecting of the wrist to excessive vibration
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Genetics
  • Aromatase inhibitor drugs
  • A fall or blow to the wrist
  • Dislocation of the wrist

It can lead to the following symptoms:

  • Tingling, tiredness or numbness in the hand
  • Pain in the fingers or along the region covering their forearm
  • Discomfort during the night
  • Favoring the idea of shaking the hand for respite

Options for treatment:

The first step here is to set an appointment with a reputed orthopedic doctor. He will examine your wrist and inspect your condition to determine the extent of the condition. Disclose any information that he is seeking such as the time and cause the injury, extent of the pain and your medical history. He may even order tests and X-rays to discover possible causes of the disease and determine the extent of the damage. The wrist surgeon can also inquire about any other disease which could be a possible trigger for the condition and also about the nature of your occupation. Physical inspection of your neck, hand and shoulder, in addition to your wrist will provide the doctor with the much needed information to treat you properly.
If the nature of the condition is not severe, the hand surgeon might suggest:

  • Taking a break from all rigorous activities that involve using the wrist
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medicines and pain killers to keep swelling and pain at bay
  • Taking supplements
  • Icing the wrist or using a cold pack
  • Using a splint

If the extent of damage is declared extreme the orthopedic surgeon might recommend surgery though surgery is kept as a last resort. Usually other means of medication and healing are tried before surgical intervention is sought. During the post-surgery period, you would be asked to take rest and possibly undergo a physical therapy program.

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