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A 26-year-old female asked:

how do you get carpal tunnel to heal quickly without medicine?

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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Rest: Discontinue offending activity, stretch finger flexors
Dr. Peter Nefcy
Radiology 39 years experience
It depends: It depends on what you mean by quickly. Carpal tunnel can be treated at home with an inexpensive therapy, but it takes some time, usually 30 to 60 days. I can show you a program that works if you follow it. If interested, please make an appointment for a Virtual Consultation with me.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

What is the frequency of the carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 17 years experience
Very common: It is the most common peripheral entrapment neuropathy, and will affect approximately 5% of the population at some point in their lifetime. In fact, one autopsy study on people without any history of hand symptoms whatsoever, found that almost all of them had some degree of nerve damage in the carpal tunnel.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can you please explain carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Nerve pain in wrist: There is a space( carpal tunnel) in the wrist area where the median nerve passes through to innervate the 5th, 4th and the lateral half of middle fingers; when this nerve is compressed at the level of this area(the carpal tunnel), probably due to overuse, typing, prolong use of keyboard, one can develop sharp, burning and tingling sensation on the affected hand and fingers( carpal tunnel syndrome).
A 21-year-old member asked:

I type a lot. Can that cause carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Robert Gluck
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Any activity where the wrist is moving up and down or if it is held in a bent position for a long time can put added pressure on the median nerve and thereby cause symptoms of tingling, numbnes, and pain i.E carpal tunnel symptoms. But if you are typing alot you need to be aware of many things besides just wrist position or you risk other rsi related problems. Good luck.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Does carpal tunnel syndrome mean I can't use the computer?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
No: Absolutely not. You can still use a computer. Your doctor, however, will teach you about special exercises to do, may prescribe a brace, or coach you on when to take breaks to mitigate the pain caused by the carpal tunnel syndrome.
A 21-year-old member asked:

If I have carpal tunnel syndrome is it permanent?

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Dr. Brandon Zabukovic
Family Medicine 19 years experience
No: Standard therapy for carpal tunnel is: 1) night splints, 2) anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen or naproxen, 3) avoidance of the repetitive activities that caused the carpal tunnel syndrome. Sometimes, we inject steroids into the area of the carpal tunnel. Failing these treatments, we usually recommend a surgery called carpal tunnel release. In most cases, your symptoms will resolve.

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