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What are ways to prevent carpal tunnel?

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Dr. Adam Hebb
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Ergonomics: Keeping excellent ergonomics during repetitive movements such as typing may help.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Treatment carpal: Treatment for carpal tunnel can range from conservative to surgical. Antiinflammatory medication, splints to start. Injections in the wrist. Nerve studies and posbily surgery. Carpal tunnel release can be done open or endoscopic. A hand surgeon can help. http://www.handctr.com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-q-a.html.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can carpal tunnel be prevented?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Sometimes.: There are many conditions associated to cts that cannot be preventable, such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, arthritis, amyloidosis. The only preventive thing we can do is to prevent using the wrist and hand too much (overuse) which is associated to certain occupations or professions or even hobbies.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are some precautions to prevent carpal tunnel?

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Dr. Gamal Boutros
Neurology 39 years experience
Repetitive movement: Carpal tunnel symptoms flair up and calm down after a flare --if no diabetes, edema, obesity, hypothroid--just wear wrist brace avoid flexion, of the wrist, avoid repetitive movements and may be a little steroid on the medican nerve at the tunnel.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What can I do to prevent myself from getting carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms?

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Dr. Taro Kaibara
Neurosurgery 25 years experience
Avoid risk factors: Typical risk factors include weight gain, fluid retention, repetitive hand/wrist motions, etc.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How can you prevent carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Daniel Mass
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
You cannot: There are things like ergonomic work stations and wrist splints at night. Carpal tunnel syndrome is most common in women over fifty, overweight, diabetic or with thyroid or kidney disease. If you do not have these problems than your chance of getting cts is low.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How can I prevent carpal tunnel syndrome in pregnancy?

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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology 36 years experience
Rest, Ice, Support: Pregnancy hormones cause laxity in our ligaments important for childbirth. They can also make it easier to experience ligament strains. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a result of repetitive use of wrist and finger for daily activities or work and is more common in pregnancy. Wearing a wrist splint will help as is icing the area regularly. It usually resolves after delivery.
Dr. Hill Hastings
Orthopedic Surgery 47 years experience
Agree that it usually resolves after delivery. Carpal tunnel has not in fact been shown to result from repetitive use in most cases despite what the general public thinks. It has been shown to be related to work in supermarket check out employees, and also meat cutters. There is little evidence that common repetitive activities such as keyboard use causes carpal tunnel syndrome.
Sep 3, 2013
Dr. Andrew Bronstein
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
A common thread amongst most patients regardless of age, occupation and gender is the position their wrists are kept when they sleep at night. Often, during the third trimester, the expecting woman has been coached to sleep on her side to improve venous return. Unfortunately, this posture typically also results in flexing the wrists. Nightime splints are an invaluable preventative measure
Sep 14, 2013

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