Carpal tunnel syndrome

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== Prevention == == Prevention ==
 +*When typing or using a mouse, your arm, wrist and hand should be in a straight line. this will prevent the carpal nerve from being pinched and causing pain and numbness. Adjust your chair and desk to make this happen.
 +*Avoid putting pressure on the heel of your hand when your wrist is bent. This will pinch off the nerve.
*Avoid using a computer mouse. Instead, use a notebook tablet that allows you to write directly on the computer screen or use a graphic tablet with a pressure-sensitive pen. *Avoid using a computer mouse. Instead, use a notebook tablet that allows you to write directly on the computer screen or use a graphic tablet with a pressure-sensitive pen.
== Treatment == == Treatment ==
-*Wearing a wrist brace at night and during the activity causing the CTS brings some relief.+*Wearing a wrist brace at night and during the activity causing the CTS brings some relief (prevents pinching by keeping the sheath around the nerve in a straight line). Wearing a wrist brace can also help train you to keep your wrist and arm in a straight line. Wearing a wrist brace continuously is not advised - it could lead to atrophy of the muscles.
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 +== External links ==
 +*[http://health.yahoo.com/topic/arthritis/symptoms/article/healthwise/popup/zm2598;_ylt=Am7ICCDqUe1X_5dxoIed0pGCtcUF health.yahoo.com] (illustration) Proper hand and wrist position for mouse and trackball use
 +*[http://health.yahoo.com/topic/arthritis/symptoms/article/healthwise/popup/zm2597;_ylt=Ai7fyfbzUeZ0vIQjLs1Z7yCCtcUF health.yahoo.com] (illustration) Proper hand and wrist position for keyboard use

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome [1] causes symptoms like tingling, numbness, night time wakening, pain, coldness, and sometimes weakness in parts of the hand.

Prevention

  • When typing or using a mouse, your arm, wrist and hand should be in a straight line. this will prevent the carpal nerve from being pinched and causing pain and numbness. Adjust your chair and desk to make this happen.
  • Avoid putting pressure on the heel of your hand when your wrist is bent. This will pinch off the nerve.
  • Avoid using a computer mouse. Instead, use a notebook tablet that allows you to write directly on the computer screen or use a graphic tablet with a pressure-sensitive pen.

Treatment

  • Wearing a wrist brace at night and during the activity causing the CTS brings some relief (prevents pinching by keeping the sheath around the nerve in a straight line). Wearing a wrist brace can also help train you to keep your wrist and arm in a straight line. Wearing a wrist brace continuously is not advised - it could lead to atrophy of the muscles.

External links

  • health.yahoo.com (illustration) Proper hand and wrist position for mouse and trackball use
  • health.yahoo.com (illustration) Proper hand and wrist position for keyboard use
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