Working at a computer or knitting might not seem like hazardous occupations, but the fact is that they can put you at risk for the same injuries suffered by those with more physical occupations such as warehouse workers or athletes. Anyone who engages in repetitive or forceful use of their hands and wrists could develop carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) or repetitive strain injury (RSI) otherwise known as tendonitis.
At the Advanced Orthopedics and Hand Surgery Institute (AOHSI), NJ, many of the patients treated by hand surgeons Dr. Ramin Ghobadi and Dr. Peter DeNoble suffer from RSI. In fact, in the USA approximately 27 million people have consulted their doctor with the condition and it accounts for around 60 per cent of all occupational illnesses. Many patients suffer symptoms such as fatigue or weakness in the hands and wrists, pain (particularly in the base of the thumb), loss of dexterity, cramp, a cold or burning sensation, stiffness or tingling even when they are at rest.
Sometimes carpal tunnel syndrome can be traced to overuse. Prolonged and repetitive use of the hands is commonplace in athletes, musicians, assembly-line workers, gardeners and others, which may eventually lead to CTS or RSI. People with fluid retention, such as pregnant women, are also at greater risk of developing CTS.
The carpal tunnel is where the wrist joins the hand. It is formed by several bones and one large ligament that form a channel around tendons and the median nerve. The tendons and the sheaths covering them become injured and swell, crowding-out and compressing the median nerve within the tunnel. If ignored, CTS can lead to cell degeneration and lasting numbness and permanent muscular weakness and wasting in the thumb.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, consulting experts like Dr. Ghobadi or Dr. DeNoble at Advanced Orthopedics makes sense. Each case is assessed individually with state-of-the-art techniques to treat your condition. Wherever possible, non-operative treatment is preferred and you'll receive advice on ways to prevent further injury and to protect yourself from re-injury.
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