Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Top Risk Factors for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


If you have ever experienced unexplained tingling or numbness in your hand or arm, you might have had a brush with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). Between 2 percent and 3 percent of all Australians suffer from CTS at some point in their adult life. CTS occurs when the nerve located in a narrow passageway inside your palm called the carpal tunnel is compressed. This compression can cause numbness and tingling in the wrist, hand, and sometimes the arm if gone untreated.

How can you mitigate your chances of developing CTS? First, increase your awareness of major risk factors. These include:

Injuries
Injuries to the hand or wrist can be a major driving factor behind you developing CTS. Broken bones, arthritis, or any other condition or injury in the area around the carpal tunnel could potentially put pressure on the nerve. Additionally, women are more prone to develop CTS than men as they have naturally narrower carpal tunnels relative to men.

Diabetes
While diabetes can be easily managed, it can cause nerve damage all over the body if gone untreated. A common place to observe this nerve damage is within the carpal tunnel. While diabetic nerve damage does not necessarily compress the nerve, it still causes the characteristic numbness and tingling associated with CTS.

Auto-Immune Disorders
If you suffer from an auto-immune disease like psoriasis, Cohn’s disease, or rheumatoid arthritis, you could also be at a higher risk to develop CTS. Any chronic illness where the body’s immune system works against itself could potentially trigger CTS as these conditions can often adversely affect the lining of the carpal tunnel and compress the nerve within.

Workplace Factors
Finally, and the most widespread of these risk factors, any sort of prolonged and repetitive flexing of the wrist or awkward wrist movement can contribute to the development of CTS. This can mean anything from working with tools on an assembly line to typing on a computer for a desk job.

While it can be difficult to diminish some of these risk factors or change their associated behaviors, you can take simple steps to find carpal tunnel pain relief by using products, such as ergonomically designed computer keyboards or specialty support wraps like our Thermoskin Wrist Band. Regardless of how you decide to manage your CTS or your risk factors, iHealthSphere is always here to assist in your wrist support needs.


Minimise Carpal Tunnel Symptoms with the Thermoskin Wrist and Hand Brace

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) affects many Australians--about 2 percent to 3 percent of Australian adults every year--and while the condition is not debilitating, it can cause great discomfort and inconvenience to anyone just trying to go about their daily life. Thankfully, there are many non-invasive remedies to CTS that can help patients find relief. One of the most comfortable and effective treatments for CTS is the Thermoskin Wrist and Hand Brace.

One of the main causes of CTS is lack of support around the wrist, which causes a compression of the nerve that runs along the inside of the Carpal Tunnel. If you experience muscle strain or inflammation around the wrist due to repetitive motions at work or other medical issues, you could be at risk for developing CTS. Additionally, many people are predisposed to developing CTS if they have naturally narrow Carpal Tunnels or autoimmune disorders that attack the lining around the Carpal Tunnel.

How Can The Thermoskin Wrist and Hand Brace Help?
While it may be difficult to avoid certain behaviors that contribute to developing CTS, the Thermoskin Wrist and Hand Brace make it easy for you to operate on a day-to-day basis without compromising your health or comfort. This brace directly combats muscle strain that causes CTS with a 25-degree palmer splint, which runs along the inside of the wrist. This splint will immobilise the wrist and relieve muscle tension in the area, ultimately alleviating the nerve pressure on the Carpal Tunnel. With this simple adjustment, you can do wonders to minimise the discomfort associated with CTS and get back to using your hands as you normally would. 

How is The Thermoskin Brace Different?
If you have ever had to use a wrist brace before, you know how the brace itself can cause extra discomfort in its own right. A poor fit or heavy materials can restrict your movement and ultimately do more harm than good. Fortunately, the Thermoskin Wrist Brace was designed with comfort in mind. With adjustable fastener straps and five different sizing options to ensure a secure and comfortable fit, you will not have to worry about having your movement restricted. Additionally, the brace has been constructed with breathable materials that allow for maximum ventilation so you will not have to worry about developing rashes or other skin reactions from wearing the brace for extended periods.

Along with the material benefits that this product provides, a purchase of the Thermoskin Wrist and Brace from iHealth Sphere comes with a year-long warranty as well as our unwavering commitment to attentive customer service. Whether this is your first time treating CTS or you have tried many different solutions with no results, we are here to help you find the best remedy for your CTS symptoms. If you have already purchased this product, we invite you to watch this video that will show you how to wear the Thermoskin Brace properly to ensure maximum effectiveness and comfort.