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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is one of the most common nerve entrapment syndromes. Most common amongst mature adults and seniors people between 45-60 years, it can make everyday life challenging; as even simple activities such as lifting a bag, reading a newspaper, or even a simple handshake feel very difficult.
The Carpal Tunnel is a narrow opening at the wrist through which several tendons (fibrous connective tissues) and a median nerve travels from the forearm to hand. Functionally, the median nerve provides sensation and controls movement in the thumb and all the fingers except the little finger. In the case of a Carpal Tunnel Syndrome patient, the tunnel becomes narrow or the tissue surrounding tendons swell, triggering compression of the median nerve.
With CTS affecting either one or both hands, patient can experience one or more symptoms
Before it gets worse, visit a doctor, as early diagnosis can help treat without surgical intervention. Doctors normally perform physical examination followed by an electromyogram and nerve conduction test to diagnose it.
If you are diagnosed with mild to moderate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, then the doctors may recommend:
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While preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may not be possible, you can reduce the strain on your hand by adopting some simple lifestyle changes
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is usually an outcome of lifestyle activities such as excessive use of computers. Nevertheless, with more & more elderly people adopting technology either for economic independence or recreation, the incidence of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is rising amongst them.
By Sai Ratna Manjari
Guest Author & Technical Researcher
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