Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Wrist Disorders Limit Regular Activities

These types of disorders affect many of us who work in offices or even at home working inform of our computers. While working, you may feel tingling numbness in your hands and wrist that suddenly shoots up into a piercing pain through the wrist and then through you’re arm. While you may think it’s just a cramp, you may have already experienced carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome, De Quervain’s stenosing and arthritis are the most common wrist disorders that may limit ones regular activities. Wrist disorders manifests as pain, numbness, swelling, mass or nodule, deformities and loss of function. This disorder requires medical examination of the hand and wrist, which includes general examination, range of motion, muscle, sensory and motor functions.

The diagnostic tests used to detect wrist disorders are physical exam and maneuvers, x-rays, arthrography, CT and bone scan, MRI and wrist arthroscopy. Wrist pain is common, and repetitive motion can damage your wrists. Daily activities like typing, playing tennis or badminton, playing the guitar or piano and even sewing can cause pain, and discomfort.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common nerve entrapment disorder. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway of ligament and bones at the base of your hand. It contains nerves and tendons. The thickening from irritated tendons or swelling narrows the tunnel and causes nerve to be compressed. Symptoms start gradually. As they worsen, grasping objects can become difficult. Women are three times more likely to have carpal tunnel syndrome than men.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read somewhere several years ago that most people with carpal tunnel syndrome were very low in vitamin B6. I had episodic carpal tunnel at the time and tried taking extra B vitamins along with even more B6 --- and that worked for me ... while I took it. When I stopped, the pain returned. So, I stopped "stopping" for a year and have not had a recurrence of CTS.

Unfortunately, I cannot remember the source that convince me to try it.

I just now tried Googling "carpal tunnel syndrome" and "vitamin B6" with varying results: some sites said B6 was no more effective than a placebo, while the following site had more positive things to say:

It worked for me.

12:46 PM  

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