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Is It Really Carpal Tunnel?

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?” »

What You Need to Know About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common cause of median nerve entrapment.  The tunnel itself lies between the transverse carpal ligament and the bones of the wrist.  Along with several tendons, the median nerve must travel through this tunnel.  When this space becomes compromised and the nerve is affected it is known as CTS.
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Two Common Cumulative Trauma Disorders

Hand painCarpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) belongs to a group of disorders referred to as “cumulative trauma disorders,” or CTDs. The word “cumulative” refers to the cause being repetitive motion, usually fast and prolonged. Over time, the wear and tear on the upper extremities accumulates and symptoms begin to occur and possibly worsen. This can result in changes in movement intended to avoid further injury that then overstress another part of the arm, which can lead to a second injury. Like dominos, injury after injury can eventually result in multiple conditions between the neck and hand. Let’s take a look at two common CTDs…
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Why Nighttime Pain with Carpal Tunnel?

hand-in-sky-1195671-1278x964The carpal tunnel is made up of eight small carpal bones that bridge the forearm to the hand. Without these eight little bones, the motion at the wrist would be very restricted and limited to bending a little bit up and a little bit down. Think of all the things you are able to do with a large range of motion at the wrist like tightening a small screw by hand, pulling on a wrench, using a hammer, working under the dash or inside the engine compartment of a car, threading a needle, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and even washing dishes. As you can see, we put our wrists in some pretty strange positions!
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Keep Your Palms Up

Have you ever noticed that most tasks you do require your hands and forearms to be rolled inward with your palms facing the ground? Think about it, typing, pushing a grocery cart, riding a bike…I could go on and on, but you get the point. Median nerve entrapment, more commonly known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, is more prevalent than any other entrapment neuropathy. Having our hands and forearms constantly in this pronated (rolled inward) position can be a negative factor for those who suffer from it or a contributing one to those who may be at risk for it. Here is something to do on your own.
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The wrist and hand is a very complex area. Although it is a small region, it consists of a complex system of muscles, nerves, tendons, and joints which work together to enable us to perform what are known as fine motor skills such as typing or buttoning a shirt. In order to accomplish these tasks there are many separate muscles that must properly move and control the many bones of the wrist and each individual finger.
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