Carpal tunnel syndrome 101
What you need to know
- Duration 3:26
- Date Mar 18, 2012
What you need to know
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Back now -- house call and the doctors do you ever feel pain you know when you're typing on the computer.
But the Smartphone while this new information today about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome you've heard -- that the painful condition that's caused by a pinched nerve.
In your -- -- to somebody -- mean we're on the computer of the laptops all the time this can really be a problem.
It is about before beginning to Coppertone syndrome let me tell -- where exactly this media narrative is that -- and it's important to know.
The -- that we're talking about which is the median nerve travels through this.
Area around the wrist there's a tunnel they're called carpal tunnel surrounded by the joints in the wrist.
And also ligament over that it's responsible for the censored part of their hand.
Accepted pinky finger and that's important to know because.
Anything that would increase the pressure here or pushes against that there it's going to cost tingling feelings -- sensation.
Around this area.
That's call call -- syndrome.
Now one -- the -- with a causes it could be basically just anatomical we see this morning women because the area is a little tight.
Anything that would make you do a lot of repeatedly Jimmy's.
Texting all the time being on the computer all the time if you're a musician if you're shaft.
You do any kind of repeated movements it can cause a lot of information in this area that can do it.
We also see sometimes some insisting that area or tumor that can cause this so you really want to make sure that you see yours -- -- -- But in general other things such as diabetes that can cause nerve injury.
Inflammatory process such as rheumatoid arthritis -- divorce can actually push against America.
You know -- just other factors can can cause this kind of pressure a lot of times we just taking anti inflammatory medications or stay away take a break from doing all that texting that could take care -- it.
And ultimate -- of course there's surgery as of last resort.
To open the ligament in the hands of experience -- it's a very effective -- military operating.
You know doctor -- before you get to surgery do you take Advil anti inflammatory and Hasselhoff like something like a bar that you could put.
To to raise your risk level -- it could.
You can also -- about this and David is absolutely right you do consider anti inflammatory is this that what you're worried about here is the nerve itself because.
The carpal tunnel as he says goes around here and -- these three for these three fingers are most affected you see tingling you -- -- this.
And then you start to get weakness that shows that of -- is already being damaged.
You actually as as David says can release the carpal tunnel before you get to that we tend to do something called -- -- that.
-- because at night.
You sleep in a flexed position so when your sleeping tonight your hands like this and you put a lot of pressure on the carpal tunnel -- splints work really well.
And in the doctor's office they do a test called -- -- -- testing could actually do this yourself at home we take your hand if you're having these symptoms -- -- tap.
Over here and you can reproduce this sensitivity of these fingers there's tingling on this numbness you may very well have carpal tunnel.
At night if you wake up in the morning -- you're having these symptoms see -- physician about it I have no problem with surgery with this.
Rather than seeing nerve damage but there's many things you can do for her.
The surgery is a last resort obviously and it's big thing is very effective as mark mentioned in pregnant women because there's -- -- flooding in that area.
So you can -- should try all of that and it is that also steroid injections.
You do all of that before you go into surgery this last surgery last resort but -- doctor if you think you have it.