Carpal Tunnel Surgery

It seems we hear about it in increasing frequency nowadays; a friend or family member is scheduled for carpal tunnel surgery. What is carpal tunnel, and why is it becoming so commonplace?

There actually is a carpal tunnel, which is a small duct at the base of the hand where the median nerve and tendons lie. When these tendons become aggravated, the tunnel may decrease in size due to swelling which in turn squeezes the median nerve. This condition can cause numbness and/or weakness in the hand and wrist and pain. Causes are varied, although popular belief that repetitive movement is one that has little clinical data to back it up. Many doctors hold that people who develop carpal tunnel syndrome are actually predisposed to do so as their carpal tunnels are simply smaller than those of other people.

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All You Need To Know About Carpal Tunnel Splints

Carpal tunnel splints are items that a carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, patient will wear on their arm. It covers the bottom part of the hand, all of the wrist and most of the arm up to the elbow. There are several reasons a doctor may prescribe one for you to wear. This could be because your arm is swelling too much or it may be because your doctor is trying to avoid subjecting you to surgery. In the simplest form, this splint will offer support to your wrist by making sure it cannot bend.

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What is Carpal Tunnel?

In our bodies the carpal tunnel also known as the carpal canal is a passageway existing on the palm side of the wrist where the forearm connects to the middle compartment of the deep plane of our palms. The carpal tunnel is made from the joining of eight bones and the transverse carpal ligament, tendons and the median nerve.

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What is Repetitive Stress Injury?

Repetitive stress injury (RSI) is known by a lot of names, Repetitive motion injuries, cumulative trauma disorder and regional musculoskeletal disorder to name a few. Repetitive stress injuries are injuries resulting from too much stress being placed on a specific body part due to its frequent and extensive use. The stress leads to inflammation (leading to pain and swelling), muscles strain or tissue damage.

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What Are Wrist Braces

There are many wrist braces that are accessible in many different materials, sizes and styles that have been specifically created to provide the needed support to the hand and wrist. They may be worn while playing sports like bowling, archery and tennis and can also be worn to address problems like issues with health, sports or work-related problems like arthritis, tendonitis, strains, sprains and carpal tunnel syndrome.

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What should I Look for in a Carpal Tunnel Wrist Brace?

There are various treatments that can be used for carpal tunnel, and that includes the use of a brace or splint. It depends on the severity of the condition and the type of motions that are performed that may put a strain on the wrist will determine if your doctor will order a custom splint or brace. These customizations are routinely fabricated by the physical or occupational therapist that care is sought from. The therapist will ensure the fit and appropriate range of motion.

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What is Tennis Elbow?

Lateral epicondylitis commonly called tennis elbow is a condition of overworked tendons in the elbow. This condition causes pain in the tendons that attach to the forearm muscle as a result of repetitive motions of the wrist and the arm. The cause of tennis elbow is due to muscle strain from activities that can range from poor techniques in tennis and repetitive motions due to activities in an occupation. People that are between the age of 30 and 50, athletes and certain occupations (i.e. plumbers, painters, cooks, etc) are at a greater risk of having overworked tendons that cause tennis elbow.

 

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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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