Carpal Tunnel FAQ
Who is at risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Adults develop carpal tunnel syndrome; it is rarely ever seen in children. Men are 3 times less likely than women to develop carpal tunnel syndrome, perhaps because the carpal tunnel itself may be smaller in women than in men. Two groups of particular risk are:
- People with diabetes or other metabolic disorders that directly affect the body’s nerves and make them more susceptible to compression.
- People who perform assembly-line work, such as manufacturing, sewing, finishing, cleaning, and meat, poultry, or fish packing. Although carpal tunnel syndrome is not proven to affect those in certain industry, it is 3 times more common among assemblers than among data-entry personnel. In fact, a 2001 study by the Mayo Clinic found heavy computer use (up to 7 hours a day) did not increase a person’s risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
Where can I go for Information of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
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How can carpal tunnel syndrome be prevented?
There are no proven strategies to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, but to protect your hands from a variety of ailments, you may take the following precautions:
- Reduce your force and relax your grip. Most people use more force than needed to perform many tasks involving their hands. For example, if your work involves a cash register, hit the keys softly. Also, use a big pen with an oversized, soft grip adapter and free-flowing ink for prolonged handwriting so that you won’t have to grip the pen tightly or press as hard on the paper.
- Take frequent breaks. Every 15-20 minutes, give your hands and wrists a break by gently stretching and bending them. Alternate tasks whenever possible. Taking these breaks is even more important if you use equipment that vibrates or requires you to exert a great amount of force.
- Watch your form. Avoid bending your wrist all the way up or down. Adopting a relaxed middle position is best. If you use a keyboard, keep it at elbow height or slightly lower.
- Improve your posture. Bad posture can cause your shoulders to roll forward. When your shoulders are in this position, the muscles in your neck and shoulder are shortened and this compresses the nerves in your neck. This can eventually affect your wrists, fingers and hands.
- Keep your hands warm. You’re more likely to develop hand pain and stiffness if you work in a cold environment. If you can’t control the temperature at work, you can put on fingerless gloves to keep your hands and wrists warm.
What research is being done?
DermaTechRx™ has conducted extensive testing on TriRelief for treating Carpal Tunnel syndrome in FDA approved labs, yielding fantastic results. Although no conclusive evidence is available for Carpal Tunnel syndrome prevention, scientists are studying the pattern of development that occurs with Carpal Tunnel syndrome in an effort to better understand, treat, and prevent this painful condition. In addition, there is little hard evidence available to prove that repetitive and forceful movements of the hand and wrist during work or other activities cause Carpal Tunnel syndrome. However, speculative clinical trials are being conducted to investigate the power of education in reducing the onset of Carpal Tunnel syndrome.
Myths and Facts
Myth: Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs only in office workers or factory assembly-line workers.
Fact: Many people with carpal tunnel syndrome have never done office work or worked on an assembly line.
Myth: Most pain in the hand is caused by carpal tunnel syndrome.
Fact: Carpal tunnel syndrome is rarely indicative of a problem with the median nerve itself; it is almost always the result of a combination of circumstances which increase pressure upon the median nerve and tendons in the carpal tunnel.
Myth: Writer’s cramp is a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome. Actually, writer’s cramp is a short term lack of acute muscular coordination accompanied by ache and pressure in the fingers, wrist, or forearm that is brought on by repetitive activity.
Fact: Men are 3 times less likely than women to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. The frequency in women peaks after menopause and increases in men during middle age.
Myth: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition of the 1990s.
Fact: The first carpal tunnel syndrome occurrence on record was in the mid-1800s. The first carpal tunnel surgery was done in the 1930s. Carpal tunnel syndrome has been well recognized by orthopedic surgeons since the 1960s.
Fact: While carpal tunnel syndrome occurs frequently, it does bring about a distinctive set of symptoms that differentiate it from other causes of hand pain.
Fact: Carpal tunnel syndrome is not a circulatory system disorder, a common misconception due to the numbness that is characteristic of this disorder.