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Can heat help with my pain from carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can heat help with my pain from carpal tunnel syndrome?

Heart may help since: Blood flow is made worse in the hands woth cold and gentleheat may increase blood flow transiently to make the carpal tunnel symptoms lessen. Too much heat tho and the nerve may engorge or get swollen and the pressure in the canal rises. In general mild gentle heat makes hands feel better no matter what the cause of pain is. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

The carpal tunnel is formed by the bones, tissues, and ligaments of the wrist. This tunnel exists to protect the median nerve, which controls sensations and movement to the thumb and fingers (not including the little finger). Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the carpal tunnel is inflamed and swollen, which pinches the median nerve and results in feelings of numbness, decreased grip strength, and muscle ...Read more


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Does heat actually make carpal tunnel worse?

Does heat actually make carpal tunnel worse?

Heat typically: Increases blood flow thus in small amount may increase. Nerve circulation thereby making symptoms less initially but too muck leads to vasodilation and swelling and could in turn exacerbate the pressure on the nerve. Moderation is key. ...Read more

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Can you explain carpal tunnel syndrome?

Median nerve: Compression of the median nerve at the base of the palm in canal bound by bone and the traverse carpal ligament. Swelling in the canal increases pressure on the median nerve causing numbness and tingling in the thumb, index, long and half the ring fingers. Can get weakness of thenar muscles and loss of coordination as well. ...Read more

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Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome onset?

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome onset?

Nighttime sensation: The classical presenting symptom of carpal tunnel is numbness, tingling, or pain in the thumb and first two fingers of the hand. It often awakens you from sleep, and is relieved, at least for a short period, by shaking out the hand. ...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 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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How to deal with my carpal tunnel syndrome?

Behavioral mod.: Keys are nighttime splinting, behavioral modification, icing, anti-inflammatories and avoiding receptive use and vibratory tool use. Seek care with hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you please explain carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can you please explain carpal tunnel syndrome?

Nerve compression: Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel of the wrist. This nerve provides motor and sensory function to the thumb, index, middle fingers and half of the ring finger. Therefore patients with carpal tunnel syndrome will develop pain, numbness and tingling in the distribution of this nerve. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

While : While wrist pain can be associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, the more common symptom is numbness in the thumb, index and long fingers. To find out exactly what is going on, i would recommend that you see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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What should I do about my carpal tunnel syndrome?

What should I do about my carpal tunnel syndrome?

CTS treatment: If you are certain of the diagnosis, you must be aware of the treatments: 1. wrist splinting 2. surgery 3. medication for pain, gabapentin or amitriptyline, or NSAIDs Not everyone responds to these, but more than 60% respond to the splinting. Hopefully you will consider trying this. ...Read more

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