Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Prevention: Orthopedic Carrollton

by Administrator 8. September 2015 11:14

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a compressive injury to the median nerve that runs through the wrist. Activities that involve repetitive hand or wrist movements such as typing, painting, weight lifting, etc. may increase the risk of developing the condition. However, by making certain lifestyle changes, you can reduce the pressure on your hand and wrist, thereby, preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Here are some tips to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

  • Relax The Grip: You should relax your grip and use less force while writing for long, hitting the keys and doing any other job. To avoid any stress to the wrist, do not use your thumb and index finger to lift or grasp anything; rather grasp using the whole hand.
  • Keep Neutral Wrist Position: Keep your wrist straight and avoid using it in bent or flexed position. Make sure your wrist is relaxed while typing, writing or doing any other task. Place the keyboard at lower position or at elbow height.
  • Reduce Repetitive Movement: Avoid holding any object for long time and repetitively moving your arms or hands. Switch hands after sometime or alternate between tasks to offer relief to the hands. Make sure you do some warm up exercises before working and avoid overexerting your hands.
  • Take Breaks Frequently: Take short breaks after sometime and perform some stretching or bending exercises of wrists as well as hands. It is important to take breaks more frequently, if your work involves exerting a great amount of force.
  • Use Ergonomic Furniture: Make sure you have an ergonomic workstation that does not put strain on your arms, shoulders or wrists. The chair should be adjustable so that you can alter its height at a comfortable position. It is better to have a chair that offers proper back support.
  • Keep Hands Warm: People often develop hand stiffness and pain while working in the cold environment. Make sure you regulate the temperature of the room and if is not possible, wear gloves to keep the hands warm.
  • Slow Down The Speed: While working, follow a reasonable speed and offer your wrists the time to relax. Whenever required, use power tools to reduce the manual force.
  • Strengthen The Wrist And Hand Muscles: Weak muscles may also lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, so do exercises to make your hands, arm, neck and shoulder muscles stronger. Exercises also improve the blood circulation and keep the hands and wrists stable.

By following these preventive measures, you can easily avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

For comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, consult Dr. Allmon. To schedule an appointment, call at (972) 492 – 1334 or visit 4780 N Josey Lane, Carrollton, TX 75010.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Orthopedic Treatment In Carrollton, TX

by Administrator 19. January 2015 13:57

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the condition that causes exasperation of the median nerve that is present in the palm of the hands. The median nerve is responsible to control the sensation of the thumb and fingers and this condition results in pain, numbness and tingling sensation in the hand or wrist. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most common condition of the hand and wrist but it is important to seek advice from a specialized doctor who can help in proper diagnoses of the condition.

Causes:

There are a number of factors that are responsible for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and some of them are:

  • Increased pressure on the median nerve
  • Trauma or injury to the wrist
  • Sprains or fractures
  • Over activity of the hand
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Work stress
  • Pregnancy
  • Cyst in the canal
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Alcoholism

Symptoms:

The condition often affects the hand, forearm and can spread up to the shoulder. Some of the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are:

  • Numbness that may ease with shaking and moving fingers
  • Pins and needles sensation or pain
  • Stiffness in the fingers
  • Numbness may get worse while using hands for work
  • Pain between the elbow and the wrist
  • Pain that worsens in the morning
  • Difficulty in using the thumb

Treatment:

The treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome usually depends on the severity of the condition and it is important to seek treatment as early as possible. Initially the patient is asked to rest the affected hand for atleast 2 weeks and avoid activities that may worsen the condition. Applying ice packs can also be helpful to reduce the inflammation.

An orthopedic surgeon can use both surgical and non-surgical approaches to treat the condition:

Non- Surgical Treatments

  • There are various anti-inflammatory drugs that a doctor may prescribe to ease the pain and swelling associated with the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises can also be helpful to reduce the symptoms.
  • Many doctors may also recommend physical therapy or occupational therapy as a part of treatment for the syndrome.

Surgical Treatments:

The surgery used to treat the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is also known as Carpal Tunnel Release. It is the most common surgical procedure used by the hand wrist surgeons and is recommended if the symptoms prevail for more than 6 months. The Carpal Tunnel Release is basically of two types: open release surgery and Endoscopic surgery.  Although the symptoms may fade away after the surgery, it may take several months to heal.

For effective treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other hand and wrist conditions, you can consult Dr. Christopher D Allmon. To schedule an appointment you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.

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