The belief that carpal tunnel mostly occurs for people who work with computers is widespread. While data entry workers see more than their share of this condition, analysts have found that it is three times more common among assemblers. Women are more likely to get it than men, possibly because the carpal tunnel in a women’s hand is smaller.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The carpal tunnel, like the name implies, is a narrow passageway through which the median nerve runs. Ligaments and bones come together in this area, giving protection to the median nerve and the tendons that bend the fingers. When the median nerve becomes compressed, feeling in the thumb, index, middle and part of the ring finger is affected. This may result in pain, numbness or weakness in the hand and wrist.
Swelling in the area can compress the median nerve. The swelling may be due to irritation of the tendons, which can cause thickening of the lining. When the carpal tunnel is small to begin with, any swelling in the area raises the risk for CTS.
Lowering Your Risk for CTS
Annually, approximately 500,000 individuals have surgery to treat CTS. Currently, prevention of the problem does not exist; however, there are ways to lower your risk. This is good news if you are in one of the groups that experience a higher rate of CTS.
Proper blood flow to the hand is an important factor. You can support this by not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising your hands, fingers and wrists. Rotating them in circles, flexing and stretching are good exercises to do throughout the day. Posture also counts. The way your workstation is set up can either help or hinder your posture and the pressure you put on your carpal tunnel. An ergonomic assessment can help.
Early diagnosis of CTS is important. If you notice pain or discomfort in your wrist, hands or fingers, seek medical attention. The doctors at Sovereign Rehab can help relieve your symptoms of CTS. Schedule your appointment today.
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