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A “Self-Help” Guide to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) has a bad reputation for coming and going, sometimes for years, depending on many factors such as 1) age; 2) profession (fast, repetitive, with forceful gripping); 3) general health (diabetes, hypothyroid, and inflammatory arthritis (like rheumatoid), pregnancy, on birth control pills, or taking hormone replacement therapy); 4) hobbies (worse if it’s knitting, crocheting, prolonged use of a computer, or using hand tools a lot); and 5) obesity.

Here is a list of things that YOU can do to self-help when CTS rears its ugly head:

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Musicians and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
There are many jobs that place people at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), but we bet you wouldn’t have thought of musicians. First and most important, we don’t want to scare anyone from playing a musical instrument as many of us find music to be a very important release mechanism or an escape from reality (at least for a while) in our busy li…


The Double Crush Nerve Syndrome Often Overlooked As A P…
In 1973, physicians Adrian Upton and Alan McComas introduced a concept suggesting that undiagnosed cervical spine problems could increase the incidence of extremity peripheral entrapment syndromes. They referred to this new concept as the:
Double Crush in Nerve-Entrapment Syndromes
Drs. Upton and McComas published their initial study on this Doub…


Prompt Treatment is Best!
Many people suffer from CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) and unfortunately, often ignore the initial symptoms of numbness or tingling in the hand(s). These early symptoms are typically not too alarming and hence, they often do not raise the level of concern until more intense symptoms occur, such as waking up from sleep due to numbness; dropping items;…


Is Carpal Tunnel Surgery the Only Potential Solution?
For many patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), surgical release is too often the only discussed option for treatment. Why is this? How medical doctors are taught as well as what they read drives many of their decisions.

So what does the medical literature actually say these days? An article published in 2007 (Adv Tech Stand Neurosurg 2007;…

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