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How can I manage carpal tunnel syndrome while pregnant?

How can I manage carpal tunnel syndrome while pregnant?

Wrist guards: Avoid activites which involve using your hands or if you must use your hands try and minimize the amount. Wear wrist guards at night while you sleep. Usually the symptoms get better after delivery. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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How can I prevent carpal tunnel syndrome in pregnancy?

How can I prevent carpal tunnel syndrome in pregnancy?

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. ...Read more

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How can I prevent carpal tunnel syndrome?

Lots of things to do: Wrist exercise and stretch at work or home, work place ergonomic assessment, avoid repetitive work at a time, give rest to the joint and do some stretch in between. Avoid or control obesity, manage thyroid disorders, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and kidney failure, avoid falls and fractures, drink alcohol only on occasions and not more, and keep in mind this problem is more common in pregnancy. ...Read more

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How should I treat carpal tunnel syndrome?

Depends: This is usually a traumatically or repeated stress inflammation of the median nerve as it passes through a narrowed space at the wrist called the carpal tunnel. Nsaids can be helpful, physical therapy and rest are useful, but if there is muscular atrophy or chronic numbness or pain, you might need an unroofing surgery best performed by a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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How can I diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome?

How can I diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome?

Physical exam: Numbness in the thumb, index,middle, and radial ring fingers. Weakness of the thenar eminence muscles, loss of dexterity, and loss of strength also occur. Numbness that awakens you at night indicates possible carpal tunnel syndrome. Tests include nerve conduction studies, and physical exam with phalen's,tinel's, and Durkin's signs being assessed. See a Hand Surgeon ...Read more

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What activities can I do with carpal tunnel syndrome?

What activities can I do with carpal tunnel syndrome?

Whatever you want.: You can do anything you want as long as it doesn't make your symptoms worse. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation of persistent symptoms. ...Read more

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How can you prevent carpal tunnel syndrome?

How can you prevent carpal tunnel syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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How can I tell whether I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

How can I tell whether I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

History, exam, tests: While the diagnosis of carpal tunnel can often be made on the basis of a careful history and examination, electrical testing can be used to prove the diagnosis. This is important to rule out other diagnoses (e.g. Pinched nerve in the neck) that may be causing your symptoms. A neurologist can help guide diagnosis and treatment, . ...Read more

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How can I manage for carpal tunnell in pregnancy?

How can I manage for carpal tunnell in pregnancy?

Wear wrist splints: Wearing wrist splints or braces which keep the wrist in a neutral position will help. They should be worn at night since the symptoms for most women are worse in the morning upon awakening. If this is not helpful, you can see a neurologist for evaluation. In most cases, the symptoms will improve or resolve after delivery. ...Read more

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What can I do for carpal tunnel syndrome?

What can I do for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Splints , ansaids (flurbiprofen): There may be an activity you are doing that is exacerbating your symtoms, night splints, arthritis type meds, cortisone shots in the carpal tunnel given by your doctor. However the best treatment would be a thorough evaluation by your specialist as to the cause of the problem then you would not be wasting your time on other treatments that may not work. Surgery is last resort. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

How to tell if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

Symptoms: Numbness, tingling, parathesias and weakness in the median nerve distribution are the hallmarks of the disorder. This causes numbness in the thumb, index finger, long finger and half the ring finger.The symptoms will often times wake people at night, and patients usually complain of loss of dexterity . See a hand surgeon foe definitive diagnosis and nerve conduction tests if indicated. ...Read more

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How can I get relief from carpal tunnel syndrome? Affecting my job performance.

How can I get relief from carpal tunnel syndrome? Affecting my job performance.

Wrist splint, NSAIDs: Provided the source of your problem is carpal tunnel syndrome (which is diagnosed definitively by nerve conduction testing), the first step in treatment is to wear a carpal tunnel wrist splint while you sleep. These are available at most drug stores, usually for around $20. Anti-inflammatory medications (e.g. Aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen) can also be used for pain relief. ...Read more

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Want to get on with my life. How is carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed? When can treatment start?

Want to get on with my life. How is carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed? When can treatment start?

Several options : Diagnosis is made by a thorough history and physical exam and typically a confirmatory EMG/NCS. Options include wrist splints, anti-inflammatory medications, and local steroid injections. If these conservative treatment options fail, surgery is usually effective. ...Read more

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Can you really prevent carpal tunnel syndrome for avid computer users?

Yes!: Check your set up: elbows bent 90 degrees, wrists straight. Take breaks every 20 minutes (vary your activity, do something else). How long do you work on a computer or text without taking a break? Imagine hopping on one foot for that long! you might get sore or tired really fast. Same goes for our wrists. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I take motrin to help with my carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can I take motrin to help with my carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes but may not work: You certainly can take Motrin for relief of mild symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. However, there is no strong scientific data to support taking it for any prolonged period of time nor should you expect Motrin to make carpal tunnel syndrome go away. If your symptoms persist, see your physician. ...Read more

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How can I get treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome?

How can I get treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Hand surgeon: You can first try an over the counter night splint, but if that doesn't control the symptoms, see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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What can I do to alleviate carpel tunnel syndrome pain??

What can I do to alleviate carpel tunnel syndrome pain??

Carpal tunnel is: Associated with altered sensation in the thumb, index, middle and part of the ring. It can affect the muscles of the thumb. Symptoms can be intermittent, occasional or severe and long standing. Testing such as a nerve study/emg is often used to aid diagnosis and gauge severity. Early Treatment can range from splinting to injections to NSAIDs . SPLINTING (not too tight) can help many early cases ...Read more

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How to deal with my carpal tunnel syndrome?

How to deal with my carpal tunnel syndrome?

Varies: If it is mild, a splint can be worn at night. If it is severe, surgery can be required. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

When the medial nerve that travels through a small space in your wrist (called the carpal tunne) is injured, resulting in pain, numbness, and tingling in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side ...Read more