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    1. Exercises for Arm and Wrist - Topic Overview

      If you have pain, tingling, and other problems in your hand because of carpal tunnel syndrome, you can take steps to help the pain. Steps to relieve pain and reduce swelling include: Applying ice to the palm side of the hand and wrist for short periods.Avoiding sleeping on your hands or with your wrists bent. Wearing a wrist splint at night is often helpful.Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which may help reduce swelling and relieve pain. They may be helpful for some people, although they are not generally thought to be effective for carpal tunnel syndrome. Other lifestyle changes such as losing weight, quitting smoking, reducing the amount of alcohol you drink, and controlling medical conditions, such as diabetes, may help relieve your symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome related to swelling.

    2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Surgery

      Most people with carpal tunnel syndrome are treated without surgery. Surgery is considered only when: Symptoms have not improved after a long period of nonsurgical treatment. Some experts recommend that surgery not be considered until after at least a yea

    3. 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 ...

    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. 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 ...

    6. 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

    7. 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 ...

    8. Preventing Finger, Hand, and Wrist Problems - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Should I Have Surgery?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Wrist Care: Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    9. 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.

    10. Preventing Finger, Hand, and Wrist Problems - 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 ...

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