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  1. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Cause

    Learn about carpal tunnel syndrome and what causes it.

  2. 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.

  3. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Health Tools

    This health tools will help you make wise health decisions or take action regarding carpal tunnel.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 ...

  8. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Symptoms

    The most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain of the fingers or, less commonly, the palm. Symptoms most often occur in the parts of the hand supplied by the median nerve: the thumb, index finger, middle finge

  9. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Home Treatment

    Home treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome: Can ease pain and prevent further or permanent damage to your median nerve. May completely relieve your symptoms if you start treatment when symptoms first occur. If you have mild symptoms, such as occasional tin

  10. Wrist Splint for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Topic Overview

    A wrist splint is a brace that looks like a fingerless glove and that stabilizes your wrist in a straight and sometimes slightly bent-back position. Wearing a wrist splint minimizes pressure on the median nerve and allows you a period of "relative rest" from movements that make carpal tunnel syndrome worse. Think about these guidelines when you use a wrist splint: When worn to stabilize the ...

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