Updated: Sep 20
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1. What are the symptoms associated with this disorder?
2. Why is this happening to me?
Unfortunately, there are several potential causes for this disorder.
The most common factor is heredity, so it's essential to be vigilant for early signs of the condition, especially if you have a family history of it.
Another significant contributor can be repetitive hand use and poor hand positioning. Engaging in activities that require extreme flexion or extension of the hand and wrist for prolonged periods can elevate pressure on the nerve. Conditions like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid gland imbalances are also associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
3. How can I treat this disorder?
As a physical therapy office, our first recommendation is to initiate an exercise program. This program comprises a variety of stretching exercises aimed at enhancing wrist and finger flexibility without exacerbating pain. Physical therapists also implement ice therapy to alleviate discomfort. They can educate you on minimizing behaviors that may exacerbate wrist issues.
4. When Might Surgery Be Necessary?
Surgery may be advised when non-surgical treatments prove ineffective or if the disorder has progressed to a severe stage. However, it's important to note that surgery is typically considered a last resort. Thankfully, it's a widely performed surgical procedure in the United States.
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