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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. 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.

  4. Corticosteroids for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Drug details for Corticosteroids for carpal tunnel syndrome.

  5. 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.

  6. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Prevention

    Because carpal tunnel syndrome is usually caused by multiple factors-including health conditions and activities-the most important step in preventing it is to take good care of your general health. This includes maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking,

  7. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Medications

    Medication is often used to treat symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Medication may relieve swelling, inflammation, and pain in the wrist or hand. Reducing swelling in the wrist will relieve pressure on the median nerve in the carpal tunnel and relieve c

  8. Physical Exam for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    As part of the physical exam for carpal tunnel symptoms, your health professional will: Examine your neck, arms, wrists, and hands, comparing the strength and appearance of both sides. Check your thumb for strength and movement by watching you grip or pinch an object. Examine other parts of your arm, to check for problems with another nerve in your arm. If your health professional suspects ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Safe Posture and Movements - 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

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