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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. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Nerve Tests - Topic Overview

    Carpal tunnel syndrome can usually be diagnosed with a medical history and a physical exam. But sometimes nerve tests are used to check median nerve function when symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are present. The nerve conduction velocity (NCV) test measures the speed of electricity as it moves through a nerve. An electromyogram (EMG) records the electrical activity of nerves and muscles, which shows nerve or muscle disorders.If you have carpal tunnel symptoms, nerve tests may or may not be appropriate for you. Before you have nerve tests, think about the following:Nerve tests aren't helpful in every case. A few people with carpal tunnel syndrome have normal nerve test results. When work-related carpal tunnel syndrome is evaluated, nerve tests are usually done.Nerve tests are often completed before surgery is done. Nerve tests may confirm a diagnosis and thus prevent unneeded surgery. If there is nerve damage, surgery may be considered to prevent permanent damage.

  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. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Cause

    Learn about carpal tunnel syndrome and what causes it.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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