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Carpal Tunnel Treatment: Tips for Preventing and Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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For those who suffer from the debilitating effects of carpal tunnel syndrome, finding carpal tunnel treatment and prevention strategies can be difficult. While there is no definitive way to fully prevent the onset of the condition, there are measures that can be taken to alleviate the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and prevent aggravating flare-ups.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel

The median nerve runs from the forearm to the hand through a space in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel syndrome may develop when the median nerve becomes pressed at the wrist, causing numbness, tingling, burning, and a gradual weakening of the hand. Sufferers may also experience symptoms at night while sleeping.

Diabetes, pregnancy and obesity are a few risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome. People who engage in activities requiring repetitive motion of the wrist and hands or repetitive use of vibrating equipment such as hand power tools are also at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. People who are on computers for a long period of time may develop carpal tunnel syndrome because of improper hand and wrist positions while typing.  Many sufferers use computers for long periods of time in office environments while being positioned in unnatural postures. Prolonged and untreated carpal tunnel syndrome may lead to the eventual debilitation of the hand.

Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Due to carpal tunnel syndrome’s delicate nature, the most important part of managing it is preventing symptoms from occurring. Here are some ways to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms:

  • Use ergonomic sense. Because carpal tunnel syndrome can worsen due to work conditions, it’s important to ensure office spaces follow ergonomic guidelines. Ergonomic guidelines would require a mouse and keyboard designed for correct hand positioning, computer desks at the proper height, and chairs that encourage proper body posture.
  • Take breaks. Carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers should take frequent breaks to ensure that the wrists and hands are not being overworked. Stretching exercises, breathing, and relaxation techniques are great ways to prevent overexertion of the median nerve.
  • Maintain good posture. Body posture is essential to maintaining good arm posture. A person should be seated in an ergonomically sound chair, with their back straight, shoulders back, and feet planted on the ground.

Carpal tunnel treatment can range from wearing wrist braces to minimize movement and further damage to the nerve, to surgery that releases the transverse carpal ligament and alleviates the pain and numbness to the median nerve. Visit Minimally Invasive Hand Relief to learn more about carpal tunnel treatment options.

Herniated and Bulging Disc Treatment

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MISI-Herniated-Bulging-Disc-TreatmentSome individuals are under the impression that all disc injuries are interchangeable. The truth is there are notable differences between disc conditions, and these differences will determine the best treatment, depending on whether it is a herniated or bulging disc.

Disc Conditions: What are the Differences?

In order to understand what a herniated disc is, one must understand the structure of the vertebrae in the spine. In between each vertebra is a disc made up of an outer layer of tough but flexible cartilage and an inner layer made of softer, jelly-like fluid. This cushion serves as a shock absorber for vertebra.

When the outer cartilage of the disc ruptures and some of the inner layer is pushed out into the spinal canal, it becomes a herniated disc. Also known as a ruptured or slipped disc, a herniated disc can cause discomfort and pain, particularly when pressing on a nerve root. A herniated disc, depending on its location, can also cause numbness, tingling or weakness along the legs, arms and back. It can be caused by stress on the disc from a variety of causes, such as heavy lifting, trauma or general wear and tear.

A bulging disc protrudes outside of the area it would normally occupy. A bulging disc will generally occur as a result of aging and is more common than a herniated disc. While a bulging disc is not usually painful, inflammation can sometimes occur, which can result in the need for diagnostic testing and bulging disc treatment.

Herniated and Bulging Disc Treatment Options

When it comes to a herniated or bulging disc, it’s important to remember that although different issues cause them, the treatments are very similar in nature. Correctly diagnosing the problem is the key to proceeding with treatment.

Surgery is a last resort when treating herniated discs, as there are non-surgical ways to minimize pain and discomfort. Non-surgical options include a combination of medications, injections and physical therapy. After exhausting all non-surgical treatment options, herniated discs can be treated with minimally invasive surgery.

Bulging disc treatment options vary depending on how far the disc has expanded. Typically, a bulging disc can be treated non-surgically. However, if the bulging disc worsens and advances into a herniated disc, surgical intervention may be necessary.

If you suspect you might be suffering from a herniated or bulging disc, consult your doctor to develop a treatment plan best suited for your needs.