With a rise in the use of smartphones and electronic devices, carpal tunnel syndrome is on the rise. Here are the main causes.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused by the compression of the median nerve in the wrist area. This can cause pain, tingling, numbness and weakness in the fingers and hands. Women are more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome than men because of anatomical differences between genders such as narrower carpal tunnels in women.
Additionally, women are more likely to have certain risk factors such as fluid retention during pregnancy or certain health conditions like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Furthermore, women commonly engage in activities that require repetitive movements of the wrists and fingers, which can also cause carpal tunnel syndrome over time.
Osteopaths use a variety of techniques to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. These include soft tissue massage, joint mobilisations and stretching exercises. Osteopathic treatment can help reduce the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome by reducing the inflammation in the wrist area that is causing pressure on the median nerve.
Additionally, an osteopath may recommend lifestyle changes such as changing work posture, taking regular breaks and improving ergonomics in order to reduce the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. Osteopaths may also provide advice on exercises that can help strengthen the muscles around the wrist area and improve flexibility. These treatments should be combined with rest, ice or heat therapy and medications prescribed by a doctor for best results.
The timeline for recovery from carpal tunnel syndrome depends on the severity of your symptoms and the treatments you use. Mild cases may be relieved within a few weeks with the help of lifestyle changes, splints, or wrist braces.
It's important to be patient while recovering from carpal tunnel syndrome and remember that everyone's recovery time is different.
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