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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Exercises

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

It refers to the set of symptoms caused by the entrapment of the median nerve in the wrist. These symptoms range from discomfort to disabling pain in the wrist, hand and the forearm. A common cause is the repetitive movement of the hand and the wrist in jobs or hobbies which require repetitive hand movements, vibration, unusual hand positions, strong gripping and mechanical stress on the palm. The risks of developing this syndrome can be achieved by making these exercise part of the routine. It has been suggested that exercise reduces the swelling, thus reducing the pain associated with the condition. (1)

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De Quervain’s Syndrome

What is De Quervain’s Syndrome?

It is basically the irritation of the tendons of the two muscles that control the action of the thumb away from the hand. These tendons, in normal conditions, glide smoothly through the sheath around these tendons. Thickening of this sheath causes restriction of the movement of the thumb as well associated pain.

 

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Can I Get Carpal Tunnel During Pregnancy?

Symptoms of carpal tunnel are becoming more common among pregnant women, because during pregnancy it is common to retain water. Water retention causes swelling all over the body, which in turn puts pressure on the median nerve of the wrists. This can result in decreased circulation and numbness of the hands and fingertips.

 
This condition will undoubtedly be exacerbated if you perform repetitive motion activities while pregnant, like typing on a computer or playing an instrument. If being pregnant was not challenging enough, now you have to deal with the added aches and pains of carpal tunnel syndrome. So what do you do now?

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Can I Treat Carpal Tunnel Without Surgery?

The good news for approximately 95% of all carpal tunnel cases: yes, carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated without surgery! Of course the cure does not usually happen overnight, but there are many options (and combination of options) to choose from. The not so good news for the remaining 5%: your doctor may recommend surgery if your symptoms have persisted from 6 to 12 months. However, you can rest a little easier knowing that carpal tunnel surgery is the most common hand surgery performed in the United States, and most people who have the surgery recover completely. Although this may not be your desired path, there is still the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.

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