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    1. Pinched Nerve

      Learn more about pinched nerves, a common injury that can result in chronic pain.

    2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

      Learn about the causes and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.

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

      Try to avoid hand and wrist movements that can cause pain and other symptoms.Keep your wrists straight or only slightly bent. Avoid activities that bend or twist the wrists for long periods of time.Take frequent breaks from typing or other repetitive activities to stretch your hands and wrists.Avoid doing repetitive movements (hammering, typing, knitting, quilting, sweeping, raking, playing racquet sports, rowing) for long periods of time without rest breaks.Avoid holding objects in one position for long periods of time (holding a book or playing cards).Watch your grip. Gripping with only the thumb and index finger can stress the wrist. Whenever possible, use your whole hand to grasp an object.Reduce the speed and force of repetitive hand movements.When working with tools that vibrate (drills, sanders), use specially designed gloves that support the wrist and have vibration-absorbing padding. Take frequent breaks, and switch hands often.Stop any activities that you think may be

    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. Wrist Care: Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

      If you spend a lot of time doing activities that involve forceful or repetitive finger or wrist movement or use of vibrating equipment, you have an increased risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). These activities can include driving, using a keyboard, working with small instruments, knitting, or using a sander. You can reduce your risk, as well as any hand pain or weakness you may ...

    6. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Exams and Tests

      Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually diagnosed from the results of a: Medical history, including any medical conditions or illnesses, prior injuries, current symptoms, or daily activities that may be causing your symptoms. Hand diagram. You may be asked to h

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

      Repeated hand and wrist movements, especially if they are done in awkward positions such as with the wrist bent forward or back, can cause swelling or thickening of tissues within the carpal tunnel. The swelling makes the carpal tunnel smaller and puts pressure on the median nerve, which can cause tingling or pain in the wrist and hand.These kinds of hand and wrist movements are done in every part of our lives, during:Work (such as cutting meat; repairing cars; construction, especially when using vibrating tools; prolonged bar-code scanning; using a computer).Daily activities (such as cooking, cleaning, gardening).Hobbies (such as needlework, knitting, painting, holding a book while reading).Sports (such as tennis, golf, bicycling).Here are some things you can do to put less strain on your body:For activities such as typing and knitting, keep your forearms parallel to the floor or slightly lowered.Keep your shoulders relaxed and not raised.Your wrists and hands should be in line with

    8. 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.

    9. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Treatment Overview

      Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is based on the seriousness of the condition, whether there is any nerve damage, and whether other treatment has helped.

    10. 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 ...

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