What is carpal tunnel syndrome? Is a painful condition of the hand and fingers caused by compression of a major nerve where it passes over the carpal bones at the wrist.
What are the symptoms? Numbness, tingling, pain and burning that travels up your arm, interferes with sleep and weakness in the muscles of the hand
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome? Congenital predisposition, trauma or injury to the wrist that cause swelling, hypothyroidism, over activity of the pituitary gland, rheumatoid arthritis, work stress and fluid retention during pregnancy or menopause
Who is at risk? Women are 3x more likely than men, people with diabetic or metabolic disorders and assembly line workers
Treatments: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, exercise and surgery
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- Start with your hands together in prayer position.
- Spread fingers apart as far you can, then “steeple” the fingers by separating
palms of hands, but keeping fingers together.
Shake your hands like you’ve just washed them and are trying to air dry them. 1-2 minutes every hour
Place one arm straight out in front of you, elbow straight, with your wrist
extended and fingers facing the floor.
- Spread your fingers slightly and use your other hand to apply gentle pressure
to down-facing hand, stretching your wrist and fingers as far as you’re able.
- When you reach your maximum point of flexibility, hold this position for about
- Switch hands and repeat.
Please seek out a physical therapist for further assistance in helping to relieve carpel tunnel symptoms.