Doctors for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Ernakulam, Kochi
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CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
It is a medical condition due to compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. The main symptoms are pain, numbness and tingling, in the thumb, index finger, middle finger and the thumb side of the ring figners. Symptoms typically start gradually and during the night. Pain may be extended upto the arm.
HOW IS CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
Your doctor will check for other conditions such as arthritis, hypothyroidism or diabetes and check with you if you are pregnant. Physical examination of your hand and wrist as well as details of your daily activities with your wrist will be helpful in diagnosing the condition. Blood tests or nerve tests may also be recommended.
HOW IS CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME TREATED?
Mild symptoms can be treated with home care. Initial treatment involves rest and immobility of wrist, and application of ice. Adjustment of the computer table and chair height may be required for better comfort while working. For causes other than posture, appropriate treatment methods are followed. For severe cases surgical treatment may be required.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are no proven strategies to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. One can minimize stress on hands and wrists by taking the following precautions:
• Reduce your force and relax your grip.
• Take frequent breaks.
• Improve your posture.
• Keep hands warm.