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Knee Pain Health Center

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  1. 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

  2. Swelling - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Plantar Fasciitis: Exercises to Relieve Pain

  3. Knee Problems and Injuries - Prevention

    Tips to help prevent knee problems and injuries.

  4. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Other Treatment

    Other treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome include: Physical therapy techniques, such as ultrasound, hydrotherapy, and stretching and range - of - motion exercises. Ultrasound therapy uses high - pitched sound waves to create heat, which may help decreas

  5. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is based on the seriousness of the condition, whether there is any nerve damage, and whether other treatment has helped.

  6. 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 ...

  7. Swelling - Topic Overview

    What is ergonomics? Ergonomics is the study of how your body interacts with your environment when you perform a task or activity. Ergonomics often involves arranging your environment-including equipment, tools, lighting, and how you do a task-to fit you and the activity you are doing. Office ergonomics focuses on arranging your work environment to fit your needs while you do your job. When your ..

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

  9. Preventing Finger, Hand, and Wrist Problems - 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

  10. 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

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