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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. Safe Hand and Wrist Movements - 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 - 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.

  5. Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Informatin on endoscopic surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome.

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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,

  10. 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

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