The Carpal Tunnel Solution
 

Repetitive Stress Injuries and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Full Hand Functionality Can be Recovered

Most people think of bone and joint injuries as accidents that happen suddenly with significant force to break bones and damage soft tissue supporting the joints of the body. However, repetitive stress activities are one of the most common ways that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is initiated. Repetitive Stress Injuries are so subtle that people almost never see them coming until the pain, swelling and numbness begins and at that point the symptoms are usually chronic and much more challenging to treat. However, there has been a unique, relatively new therapy, called Carpal Control which physicians and hand therapists are recommending as a conservative treatment that can break the vicious cycle of repetitive stress injury and allow people to get back to their active daily lives.

It turns out that simply gripping a vibrating tool or steering wheel or maneuvering the hands and wrist in a repetitive manner using a computer mouse in an office or assembling parts in the same way in a factory over many hours per day are repetitive stress activities that are likely to bring on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It is surprising to many people that, seemingly harmless activities can result in repetitive stress injury. Probably the most common repetitive stress injury contributing to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the information age is computer key boarding.

Across almost all professions, we now access information through the use of a mouse and key board and more people are exposed to repetitive hand activity now than ever before. Even hobbies like sewing and needle point or jewelry making or wood working can result in repetitive stress injury when done day after day in the same way. Most people that have not experienced repetitive stress injuries find it difficult to believe that such minor physical stress can result in such serious injuries, chronic hand pain, tingling sensations in the fingers, loss of feeling, and hand numbness.

Repetitive stress that happens thousands of times per day or tens of thousands of times per month using the same muscles, tendons and joints can result in injury to the soft tissue that connects and supports the bones and tendons of the hand and wrist. Swelling of the injured tissue creates pressure which squeezes the Median Nerve in the narrow Carpal Tunnel resulting in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Once the injury is initiated almost any activity with the hand can contribute to the injury making it painful to do ordinary tasks. There are many other factors that can contribute to CTS. You can learn more and ask Dr. Morgan CTS questions at www.handhealth.info.

Most of us take our hands for granted, but when Carpal Tunnel Syndrome strikes, some of the simplest tasks become painful and intolerable. Actions like brushing one’s teeth, turning the key in the ignition, grabbing the steering wheel, twisting off a lid on a jar, holding a coffee mug, picking up coins, grabbing a tool or even getting a good night’s sleep can become difficult hurdles. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common nerve disorder which affects an estimated 25 million Americans with the incidence growing at a rate of 10% per year.

Early detection and treatment is important to checking the progression of the symptoms and yet some of the early symptoms are subtle and can be easily mistaken for other issues. It is important to be familiar with the symptoms and seek a physician’s confirmation of your self diagnosis when you feel you have identified the early signs.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms
The first symptom people usually notice is that their hand and fingers tingle and become numb while they are sleeping causing them to wake up frequently during the night. Most people do not even realize that this is a symptom of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and attribute the numb feeling to sleeping on their hands in an awkward position.

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Routine Sleep interruption from any cause has serious health implications and should be addressed with a strong sense of urgency. For people operating heavy machinery or driving for a living the safety implications of routine sleep interruption and day time sleepiness requires immediate proactive therapy. Routine chronic sleep disorders have been linked directly to cardiopulmonary disease, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, heart arrhythmia, insulin resistance, vascular inflammation, migraines, psychological disorders, day time sleepiness, depression, memory lapses, etc.

Carpal Control Therapy can break the vicious cycle of repetitive stress injuries and help people get back to their active lives. Carpal Control disposable devices gently tug simultaneously at three key points on the palm surrounding the carpal tunnel while you are sleeping. Consistent gentle pulling action applied for eight hours while the hand is relaxed, decompresses and reshapes the soft tissue around the carpal tunnel relieving pressure on the medium nerve. Carpal Control combines this patented gentle soft tissue reshaping method during sleep with active use during the day. This results in an ideal rhythmic therapy for rapid relief from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms with no muscle atrophy or down time.


The hand rehabilitates through normal use once pain is relieved and people are comfortable using their hands.

Carpal Control has been shown to enhance blood circulation to the hand by relieving external pressure on arteries supplying the hand. Dr. Morgan suggests that “Increased nutrient and oxygen rich blood circulation reinvigorates the hand naturally and helps contribute to rapid recovery from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Circulation is essential to unleash the body’s powerful natural healing capability. Blood transports toxins and waste fluids from injured damaged tissue and brings nutrients necessary for tissue regeneration at the cellular level.”

It is important to work with a Physician or Hand Therapist to accurately diagnosis Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms and monitor your progress. A medical professional can also help you identify other complications that could contribute to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and may require other specific treatment to address appropriately. Contact First Hand Medical for help identifying a Physician or Hand Therapist that carries Carpal Control Therapy in your local area.