WMSN FOX 47
 

FOX 47 - Health News

Carpal tunnel is a painful condition that can range from numbness in the hands and arms, to severe discomfort.



And if left untreated, can be permanent.



Doctors say carpal tunnel is a syndrome that nearly anyone can develop. It's a tingling sensation caused by pressure on one of the main nerves that runs from your forearm.



"It's called the median nerve," said Dr. Matthew Bliss at St. Mary's Hospital. "It gives you sensation in these three fingers -- your thumb, your pointer fingers, middle finger, and sometimes part of your ring finger."



Tendons and nerves share a confined space in the wrist, and swelling from these tendons can put pressure on the nerve. Doctors still don't know what causes carpal tunnel.



Any repetitive wrist motion can be to blame, as well as trauma to the wrist.



Doctors say the best way to keep carpal tunnel syndrome from developing is to keep your wrists flat.



"Flexing the wrist or hyperextending it -- both of those types of movements do put stress and tension on the nerve and can aggravate carpal tunnel syndrome," said Bliss.



Having overall good health can also prevent symptoms.



"Try to live a healthy lifestyle, weight control is important, get enough exercise, proper diet," said Bliss.



Several treatments are available, from cortisone shots to surgery.



Said Dr. Bliss, "Often times the patient is given a simple wrist splint to keep the wrist from bending at night, and that often times helps relieve the symptoms."



If you have carpal tunnel symptoms, doctors say don't ignore them -- because they could become permanent.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Video List

Sun. - Fri. on FOX 47 News at 9!

Top Health Headlines (foxnews.com)

Taxis, planes and bikes: How deadly Ebola can spread

For scientists tracking the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, it's not about complex virology and genotyping, but about how contagious microbes - like humans - use planes, bikes and taxis to spread.


Blind horse gets new hope and restored vision in one eye

A blind draft horse will live to see retirement, thanks to surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania’s new Bolton center in Kennett square


Depression linked to faster cognitive decline in old age

Among older adults with dementia, those who are also depressed tend to have more rapid cognitive decline, according to a new study


Weather causes 2,000 deaths each year in US
About 2,000 Americans die each year due to extreme weather conditions, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Johnson & Johnson pulls hysterectomy device from hospitals

Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it was withdrawing a surgical tool that can spread cancer in women, effectively removing the device's largest manufacturer from the market amid a contentious debate over its use


Advertise with us!

Tonight on FOX 47

5:00pm Two and a Half Men
5:30pm Big Bang Theory
6:00pm Modern Family
6:30pm Big Bang Theory
7:00pm Sleepy Hollow
8:00pm Gang Related
9:00pm FOX 47 News at 9
9:35pm Modern Family
10:05pm Two and a Half Men
10:35pm Everybody Loves Raymond
11:05pm The Arsenio Hall Show
12:05am Community


Complete FOX 47 Schedule

To FOX.com

Advertise with us!
IE6 Float Fix