The median nerve is responsible for providing sensation and motor stimulation to some parts of the hand. In patients with carpal tunnel syndrome, this nerve becomes compressed—causing tingling, numbness, and even a sharp, piercing pain that can travel up the arm. Although not all of the risk factors for this condition can be avoided, there are some ways that one can work to reduce their risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. Read through the following guide for some helpful tips.
Use Your Keyboard and Mouse Safely
The repetitive actions of typing and using a mouse can be contributing factors in the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. To help reduce the stresses on your tendons and muscles during work hours, start by replacing your old keyboard and mouse with ergonomically designed tools. Taking frequent rest periods can also help minimize strain and overuse of the hand and wrist muscles.
Practice Good Posture
Maintaining proper posture throughout the day is also an important part of preventing carpal tunnel syndrome, especially for constant computer users. When sitting, make sure that your back is flush with the back of the chair and your shoulders are relaxed. The elbows should be at an angle where the arms are resting against the sides of the body and the wrists are straight. Use a laptop stand or other lifting device to bring your work to eye level so you can avoid having to bend your neck over your computer screen.
Perform Hand and Wrist Exercises
Keeping the muscles of your hands and wrists relaxed, mobile, and strong will help promote circulation and reduce risk of injury. To learn some helpful exercises for preventing carpal tunnel syndrome, speak with an experienced orthopaedic specialist.
At Suburban Orthopaedics, we are experienced in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome and other musculoskeletal problems. You can meet with one of our skilled orthopaedic doctors by calling (888) 876-0117 to schedule a consultation.
Physical therapy is an instrumental part of the treatment and rehabilitation of many musculoskeletal injuries. Not only does physical therapy help restore the proper strength and function of muscles and joints, it also provides education and instruction that patients can use to improve their long-term health and wellness.
Before beginning a course of physical therapy, patients are assessed by an experienced physical therapist. Together, therapist and patient will formulate a treatment and rehabilitation plan that may include specialized exercises, stretching, manual therapy, lifestyle changes, massage, or other advanced therapeutic practices. The treatment plan may also involve education for at-home care and the prevention of future injury. Throughout the process, the therapist communicates closely with the patient’s physician to report progress.
Would you like to learn more about the benefits of physical therapy? Suburban Orthopaedics offers the expertise of a skilled team of licensed physical therapists to provide personalized, patient-centered care. Call our practice today at (888) 876-0117 to schedule a consultation.
Orthopaedic surgeons are extensively trained to assist patients with a wide variety of bothersome and painful musculoskeletal ailments, from back pain to carpal tunnel syndrome. If you are suffering from an injury or illness that requires the assistance of an orthopaedic surgeon, you may be wondering how to choose the best doctor for you. Below are some of the qualities you should consider when making your decision.
Experience and Education
Many patients factor a physician’s surgical experience and place of education into their final decision. If you are looking to undergo a knee replacement surgery for the treatment of osteoarthritis, for example, you may want to ask your surgeon how long he has been practicing as a surgeon and how many knee replacements he performs each year. Investigate where your prospective surgeon went to school, where he received residency training, and if he fellowship trained in a specific field.
If you are unsure where to start your search, consider asking your primary care physician. He or she should be able to recommend and refer you to an experienced, respected surgeon in your area. Your friends and family may also help you find a surgeon in your area based on their own experience.
After meeting a surgeon for the first time, it is important to feel like your concerns are addressed and your questions answered. Having a good professional relationship with your physician will help ensure good communication and a more comfortable treatment and healing process.
The orthopaedic specialists of Suburban Orthopaedics are experienced, compassionate surgeons who are committed to providing comprehensive medical care. Each physician at our practice offers a unique area of specialty to provide the most personalized and effective treatment available. If you would like to meet one of our orthopaedic surgeons, call our practice today at (888) 876-0117 to set up an appointment.
I have been a patient of doctor Freedberg's for over 13 years. He has assisted my son, daughter and has replaced both of my hips as well as scoped one knee. He is an excellent surgeon and I have always found him and his staff to be outstanding. I would and have recommended Suburban and Dr. Freedberg to my friends and family.
Dr. Freedberg did carpal tunnel surgery on both of my hands over 10 years ago and I couldn’t be happier, they are fantastic! I also had rotator cuff surgery and my left shoulder and between Doc and Tony they are both unbelievable! Two weeks after they did the surgery it felt better than it did the day before the surgery, I was so...