Did you know that you can be injured by your computer? If you use a computer daily for work, your chances of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are higher than those who do not. Here are the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel and treatments that can help alleviate your pain.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Causes
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve which runs from your forearm down your hand. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage, or tunnel, that runs along this same area. The median nerve supplies feeling to your thumb and fingers and signals motor function. If the median nerve is inflamed or irritated, it can lead to a narrowing of this tunnel, causing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
There are several risk factors for this condition, including:
- Sex – women are more prone to this condition
- Previous injury – wrist fractures can lead to developing Carpal Tunnel
- Nerve damage – this can be caused by chronic illnesses or injury
- Inflammation – conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis or any condition that causes inflammation
- Medical conditions such as thyroid disease, lymphedema or menopause
- Job-related conditions – office workers, assembly line workers and other jobs that call for repetitive tasks using the wrist and hand
Can You Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
There are preventive steps you can take to avoid developing this condition. Don’t use force when typing or other repetitive movements. Take frequent breaks and stretch your hands and wrists. Good posture can help alleviate pressure on the wrists and hands, so make sure your computer is at the proper height so your hands can rest comfortably on the keyboard.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatments
If you are experiencing pain in your wrists, your doctor will perform a thorough examination to discover the cause. You will be asked to provide a medical history and describe any activities requiring repetitive use of your wrists. Your doctor may order an x-ray or nerve conduction test to rule out other conditions. Your doctor may suggest a wrist brace to help relieve pressure, and anti-inflammatory medications can help with pain. If your condition is severe, surgical treatment may be necessary.
You don’t need to suffer from wrist pain. Dr. Steven Struhl is an experienced orthopedic surgeon who can diagnose and treat your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Call to schedule an appointment today.