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
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
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