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  1. Wrist Tendon Injury: Preventing Pain - Topic Overview

    Inflammation or small tears in a tendon (tendinopathy) can cause wrist pain. Although tendinopathy is a different condition than carpal tunnel syndrome, both can respond to the same home treatment tips:Gently warm up your wrists and fingers before beginning an activity. Fan open your fingers. Stretch your wrists forward and back. Do some wrist circles. Repeat these stretches periodically throughout the day.Keep your wrists straight rather than bending them while riding a bike, knitting, chopping, using a mouse or keyboard, using various tools, and driving.Take frequent breaks from activities that require repetitive wrist and finger motions.

  2. Preventing Finger, Hand, and Wrist Problems - Topic Overview

    The following tips may prevent finger,hand,and wrist injuries: Do exercises that strengthen your hand and arm muscles. Stop,change,or take a break from activities that cause your symptoms. Reduce the speed and force of repetitive movements in activities such as hammering,typing,knitting,quilting,sweeping,raking,racquet sports,or rowing. Change positions when holding objects,such as ...

  3. Open Carpal Tunnel Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    During open carpal tunnel release surgery, the transverse carpal ligament is cut, which releases pressure on the median nerve and relieves the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

  4. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - What Increases Your Risk

    Carpal tunnel syndrome can result from any combination of health conditions and physical activities that increase pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the wrist.

  5. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Activities to Limit - Topic Overview

    Activities that may increase the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome include: Repetitive motions. Continuous use of the hands and fingers,as when knitting or doing needlepoint with the wrist bent (flexed) Frequent bending or twisting of the wrist,as when using a screwdriver Repeated squeezing or gripping with the hand,as when using a spray bottle Moving the fingers while the wrist is bent inward ...

  6. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - When To Call a Doctor

    Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in your fingers or hand that has not gone away after 2 weeks of home treatment.

  7. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Reducing Pain and Swelling - Topic Overview

    If you have pain, tingling, and other problems in your hand because of carpal tunnel syndrome, you can take steps to help the pain. Steps to relieve pain and reduce swelling include: Applying ice to the palm side of the hand and wrist for short periods.Avoiding sleeping on your hands or with your wrists bent. Wearing a wrist splint at night is often helpful.Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which may help reduce swelling and relieve pain. They may be helpful for some people, although they are not generally thought to be effective for carpal tunnel syndrome. Other lifestyle changes such as losing weight, quitting smoking, reducing the amount of alcohol you drink, and controlling medical conditions, such as diabetes, may help relieve your symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome related to swelling.

  8. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Topic Overview

    What is carpal tunnel syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome is a specific group of symptoms that can include tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the fingers, thumb, hand, and occasionally in the arm.

  9. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - What Happens

    The tingling, numbness, and pain of carpal tunnel syndrome usually develop gradually. Symptoms often get worse if you do not stop or change an activity that is helping to cause the condition.

  10. Exercises for Arm and Wrist - Topic Overview

    Your doctor can give you information about exercises for building flexibility and strength in your hand, wrist, and arm.Exercises for flexibility may include:Rotating your wrist up, down, and from side to side.Stretching your fingers far apart, then relaxing them, then stretching them again.Stretching your thumb by pulling it back gently, holding it, and then releasing it.Exercises to increase strength may include:Squeezing a rubber ball.Wrist curls and extensions with a light weight.If any exercise or motion causes pain or swelling, stop that exercise, or reduce the intensity or amount of motion.

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