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,
Referred Shoulder Pain - Topic Overview
Unexplained shoulder pain that does not change when you move your neck, shoulder, or arm or that occurs with symptoms elsewhere in your body (such as in your abdomen or chest) may be referred shoulder pain. Referred pain means that a problem exists somewhere else in the body other than where you feel the pain.Causes of referred shoulder pain may include:Abdominal problems, such as gallstones or pancreatitis. Pelvic problems, such as a ruptured ovarian cyst.Heart or blood vessel problems in which pain is more often felt in the left arm and shoulder, such as heart attack or inflammation around the heart (pericarditis).A lung problem, such as pneumonia, where pain may be felt throughout the shoulder, shoulder blade area, upper chest, upper arm, neck, and armpit. Pain is usually felt in the shoulder on the same side as the lung problem. Other conditions, such as herpes zoster (shingles), Paget's disease, or thoracic outlet syndrome.Other problems, such as gas from laparoscopic abdominal
Magnetic Field Therapy - Topic Overview
What is magnetic field therapy?Magnetic field therapy uses magnets to maintain health and treat illness. The human body and the earth naturally produce electric and magnetic fields. Electromagnetic fields also can be technologically produced, such as radio and television currents. Practitioners of magnetic field therapy believe that interactions between the body, the earth, and other ...
Postoperative Problems - Preparing For Your Appointment
A list of questions that will help your health care professional diagnose and treat Postoperative Problems.
Hammer, Claw, and Mallet Toes - Topic Overview
What are hammer, claw, and mallet toes?Hammer, claw, and mallet toes are toes that are bent into an odd position. They may look strange or may hurt, or both. These toe problems almost always happen in the four smaller toes, not the big toe. A hammer toe bends down toward the floor at the middle toe joint. This causes the middle toe joint to rise up. It usually affects the second toe. Hammer toes often occur with bunions. Claw toe often affects the four smaller toes at the same time. The toes bend up at the joint where the toes and the foot meet. They bend down at the middle joints and at the joints nearest the tip of the toes. This causes the toes to curl down toward the floor. A mallet toe bends down at the joint closest to the tip of the toe. It often affects the second toe, but it may happen in the other toes too. If you notice that your toe looks odd or hurts, talk to your doctor. You may be able to fix your toe with home treatment. If you don't treat the problem right away, you
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
Swelling - Preparing For Your Appointment
A list of questions that will help your health care professional diagnose and treat Swelling.
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
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.
Office Ergonomics - Where to Go for Help
If you have tried the home treatment suggestions but your pain and discomfort have lasted for several days (for example, 7 continuous days), call your doctor. Health professionals who can diagnose and treat work - related injuries include:Family medicine physicians.General practitioners.Neurologists.Nurse practitioners.Occupational medicine specialists.Occupational therapists.Orthopedic ...