Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatments

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Studies of carpal tunnel syndrome show that when untreated, its course is poor. Indeed, research on the natural history of the disorder indicates that patients with mild to moderate symptoms typically experience significant worsening in the first year. Although many factors are linked to poor outcome, bilateral impairment is a major predictor of poor course in carpal tunnel syndrome.

These findings speak to the importance of early intervention. Treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome abound and most patients find it useful to begin with a conservative approach to therapy. This approach may involve rest and the avoidance of exacerbating situations (e.g., excessive typing). It may also involve anti-inflammatory medications designed to reduce swelling and tenderness.

It is rarely the case that these two interventions are sufficient to treat carpal tunnel syndrome completely. Other interventions involve environmental modifications such as therapeutic chairs and computer keyboard pads. In addition, wrist splinting is another popular but ineffective option for keeping the wrist adequately aligned so as to prevent undue pressure on the nerve.

One of the most successful long-term approaches for treating carpal tunnel syndrome is exercise. The hand, wrist, and forearm are home to several muscles that play a central role in nerve compression in carpal tunnel syndrome. By strengthening and lengthening these muscles, it is possible to correct the muscle imbalance that causes nerve entrapment. Browse www.repetitive-strain.com to learn more about how Balance Systems, Inc.'s complete training system can provide lasting, effective relief for carpal tunnel syndrome.

 


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