If you are studying, working or both, typing is likely a vital part of your routinely task, it’s a long time using typewriters, it is easy to leave behind that repetitive keyboards use can cause long term damage. A study by The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that musculoskeletal disorders, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or CTS accounts for 33 percent of all worker’s injury and illness cases in the United States.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The wrist is enclosed by a band of fibrous tissues that functions as a support for the joint. The compact spaces between these fibrous tissues and the wrist bone is called the carpal tunnel. The median nerve passes through the carpal tunnel and accept sensation from the thumb, index and middle finger of the hand. Any condition that causes swelling or a dislocation of the tissues in the carpal tunnel can pinch and inflame the median nerve. “Carpal tunnel syndrome is reasonably common, specifically among the workers who frequently take advantage of their hands”. Said Dr. Zaki Anwer Pain Management and Regenerative Medicine Specialist, Medical Director of the Pain Management Institute.
Symptoms usually initiate slowly and include, numbness in the thumb, index finger and middle finger other Carpal Tunnel Syndrome hallmarks to look out for are burning sensations in the middle and index fingers, pain in the wrist and tingling in the fingers
Can carpal tunnel syndrome be prevented?
There are no clear evidence measures that guarantee the discouragement of Carpal tunnel syndrome, however, you can take steps to prevent your risks of developing it.
Repetitive movement with your wrist is one of the biggest risk factors. “The simplest measure you can take is to use a gel wrist rest with your keyboard.” Says Dr. Zaki Anwer, MD, “Also, it is important to ensure that the keyboards are ergonomically designed”
If you showing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, Dr. Zaki Anwer, MD says the suggested nonsurgical treatments can be tried first before evaluating whether surgery is required
- Exercise and stretching
- Wrist splints
- Anti-inflammatory medicines
- Changes to improve your seating and how you use your computer or other equipment
- Amniotic tissue injection
- Steroid injections
How surgical treatments can help?
If nonsurgical treatment does not reduce pain symptoms, a more permanent solution may be recommended to reduce pressure on the nerve. Dr. Zaki Anwer, MD says there are two major carpal tunnel syndrome surgery that is the open and the endoscope, a slightly invasive procedure
“While Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is progressive, Dr. Zaki Anwer, MD says early intervention can help prevent permanent damage”. “If you think you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, do not wait to get a diagnosis because there is a point of no return when it comes to nerve damage.”