Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition caused by compression of the median nerve at the carpal ligaments of the wrist. When the median nerve becomes entrapped common symptoms can include pain, numbness, or tingling in the thumb, index, and middle fingers. Weakness can also be present which can make it difficult to perform certain tasks such as sewing or even writing. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most studied form of median nerve entrapment which has made it at times, a default of exclusion. The fact is, the median nerve can be entrapped at many other locations along the arm, from the wrist all the way to the neck. The neck, shoulder, elbow, forearm, and wrist are all included. Continue reading “Is It Really Carpal Tunnel?” »
We can think of pain occurring in two different ways, acute and chronic. Pain can be categorized as acute if it’s related to a specific episode. That could include a trip or a fall, an injury on the field during a game or practice, or a car accident. These may result in pain right away or after several hours. Chronic pain, on the other hand, is pain or symptoms that have lasted over a longer period of time. Continue reading “Acute vs. Chronic Pain” »
When someone experiences elbow pain it will usually be felt around the bony prominence on the inside or outside of the elbow, with the outside being much more common. Those bony prominences are where forearm muscles attach and are known as epicondyles. Epicondylitis or Epicondylosis are the condition names mostly associated with elbow pain. More familiar names are Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow, but elbow pain is not limited to just these sports. Weightlifters, musicians, and those that spend a lot of time on a keyboard often experience elbow pain.
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Many will just succumb to the fact that they sit at desk for their job, and aches and pains are destined to follow. Prolonged sitting at a desk or computer will increase the chance of pain for most people. Possible complaints can include neck or back pain, headaches, wrist or elbow tendonitis, or carpal tunnel like symptoms. Although I treat patients for all these conditions, it is much easier to prevent them before symptoms make it difficult to work. Here is my first line of defense if you sit at a desk or computer for more than one hour combined during the day.
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To fully understand how elbow pain develops we need to first understand how the muscles of the elbow are associated with the hand. This is important because the large majority of elbow problems are associated with strain occurring at the wrist and hand, not just the elbow itself.
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