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 ...
Elbow Pain: Other Causes of Pain - Topic Overview
Occasionally a problem elsewhere in the body can cause pain in the arm or elbow. These may include: A neck problem,such as a pinched nerve in the neck. A shoulder problem,such as arthritis in the shoulder. A wrist problem,such as carpal tunnel syndrome. A heart problem,such as angina pectoris. A tumor or bone cyst near the elbow or in the arm. ...
Knee Problems and Injuries - Home Treatment
Home treatment may help relieve pain, swelling, and stiffness in the knees.
Cervical Collars - Topic Overview
Cervical (neck) collars are sometimes used to support the neck.Hard collars are rigid and are usually made from plastic. They hold the head and neck very still. They are usually only used after major surgery or a serious injury, such as a broken neck.Soft collars may be made from felt, foam, or rubber. They allow some movement of the head and neck. Soft cervical collars are sometimes used after surgery, but they are of limited value in other neck treatment. Sometimes they can be helpful after a moderate neck injury. When they are used for this purpose, they are typically used for only a few hours a day and for less than a week or two. But for long-lasting neck pain, other types of treatment are more helpful.For more information on treating neck pain, see the following topics:Neck PainOffice Ergonomics
Office Ergonomics - Home Treatment
If you have a musculoskeletal injury such as back or neck strain or carpal tunnel syndrome, try home treatment for a few days when you first notice symptoms. These steps are usually helpful in relieving discomfort caused by stress and overuse. Home treatment includes: Resting the painful area and avoiding or modifying activities that aggravate your pain or discomfort. Return to some daily ...
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 ...
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
Postoperative Problems - Home Treatment
If you have had surgery, follow the instructions given to you by your surgeon. If the instructions from your surgeon are not clear or do not cover your particular problem, contact your surgeon.
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 ...
Knee Problems and Injuries - Prevention
Tips to help prevent knee problems and injuries.