Friday, October 2, 2009

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Causes and Treatment.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

This syndrome occurs when the median nerve runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (although not the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move. The carpal tunnel - a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand - houses the median nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the median nerve to be compressed. The result may be pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, radiating up the arm. Although painful sensations may indicate other conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common and widely known of the entrapment neuropathies in which the body's peripheral nerves are compressed or traumatized.

Is a medical condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist, leading to paralyze, numbness and weakness of the muscles in the hand.
The definitive treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is carpal tunnel release surgery. This is effective at relieving symptoms and preventing further nerve damage, but established nerve dysfunction in the form of static numbness, or weakness are usually permanent.
Most cases of this syndrome are idiopathic or without a specific cause. Some patients are genetically predisposed to develop the condition. Night symptoms and waking at night are characteristic of established carpal tunnel syndrome. They can be managed effectively with night-time wrist splinting in most patients.

For everyone who works daily on a computer. The mistakes daily mouse and keyboard usage will result in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome! Use the mouse and keyboard correctly. View below for the surgery of a patient suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome followed by the RIGHT TECHNIQUES for usage....

View some images below for the causes and some treatments:

Correct way to work on the Computer



Hand Exercises for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome :

How can This Syndrome be prevented?

At the workplace, workers can do on-the-job conditioning, perform stretching exercises, take frequent rest breaks, wear splints to keep wrists straight, and use correct posture and wrist position. Wearing fingerless gloves can help keep hands warm and flexible. Workstations, tools and tool handles, and tasks can be redesigned to enable the worker's wrist to maintain a natural position during work. Jobs can be rotated among workers. Employers can develop programs in ergonomics, the process of adapting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of workers. However, research has not conclusively shown that these workplace changes prevent the occurrence of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Hope that this Information can help to you for having Healthy Life.

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other Sources: NINDS and WIKIPEDIA

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