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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. 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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What is the best way to manage carpal tunnel syndrome?

What is the best way to manage carpal tunnel syndrome?

Surgical/nonsurgical: if the symptoms are severe or there evidence of nerve injury on nerve conduction studies surgical treatment is usually advised. in mild to moderate symptoms non surgical approach is reasonable as splinting, steroid injection or oral steroids. Other options is hand physio therapy if non surgical options are not effective then surgery will be advisable to release the pressure on the nerves ...Read more

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Can you explain carpal tunnel syndrome?

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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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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