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Figuring out my pain

Think you have carpal tunnel? Find out your diagnosis

By August 30, 2018 2 Comments

Any hand injury will affect your quality of life. Suddenly, you become more dependent on people and you might feel like you’re a burden on friends and family. Now you’re trying to get rid of this annoying pain and you just want your normal life back. There are so many ways that pain can originate. With a dizzying array of symptoms, finding out which medical condition you have can be confusing. Do you have carpal tunnel syndrome or could it be tendonitis or trigger finger? Join us and let’s figure it out. Scroll all the way down to get some tips on reducing your pain.

Common traits of symptoms and factors of injuries

As you can see, the major fundamental factors that lead to many of these injuries are as follows:

  • Prolonged bent wrist posture
  • Repeated bending of the wrist
  • Inflammation and irritation of tendons
  • Compression of the median nerve, which controls sensations and feelings within the hand, finger, and arm

Those fundamental factors are as a result of common activities, such as:

  • Computer work with a lot of typing and bad posture
  • Physical activities involving bad wrist posture and bending of the wrist
  • Grasping and grabbing

Fun (or maybe sad) Facts

  • Carpal tunnel: You’re 3x more likely to get carpal tunnel syndrome if you’re a woman.
  • As you grow older, your risk of injury can increase dramatically, up to 5x depending on the condition.
  • If you don’t fix these issues before it gets very bad, they can result in permanent damage if you don’t treat them early.

Below is a table that may help you diagnose your hand condition. Your signs and symptoms may provide you with a concept of what is inflicting your hand pain (click to enlarge the graphs):

 

Treatment

Practice good wrist posture

Stop bending your wrist and keep your wrist in a neurtral (or straight) position as long as you can. This is one of the most important things you can do to help reduce your pain. Unfortunately, this is most likely impossible due to your job or activities. As you can observe from the table above, when you bend your wrist frequently or have bad wrist posture, it leads to inflammation and irritation of the tendons. In turn, it causes pain.

That is why we developed WristAlert, a non-restrictive wrist smart guard that provides support, but enables you to keep good wrist posture. It’s attractive, comfortable, and supportive. 

No other wrist splint or brace has sensors that track your motion and guide you through physical therapy exercises (see below). WristAlert is the complete solution. When it detects bad wrist posture, it provides gentle phone vibration and audible tones, learn more about it here. We offer two versions of the WristAlert Smart version.

Exercises

 

Physical therapy is a proven remedy to reduce pain for the conditions listed above. Exercises and stretches are mandatory. Specially designed exercises specifically can help reduce inflammation and irritation of tendons. Relief can be had by devoting 1 minute a day to exercise and stretches. When you subject your body to exercises you can build strength and resistance to inflammation, tears, and mobility. However, all exercises are not created equally, exercising can be done incorrectly and you can end up in worse condition.

This is why WristAlert developed a specially designed exercise program, you can learn more here about the program. If you’d like to try out the therapy program, you can download our exercise program for free on your iPhone or Android.

We designed the WristAlert Smart Guard to connect to the mobile app to provide real-time, guided therapist recommended physical therapy program. It’s on your phone and simply the easiest and most convenient thing you can do to improve your health. Download for free here:

Icing

When you start to have pain, you can help reduce inflammation by applying ice for 20 minutes on, then 20 minutes with no ice, and repeat. You’ll begin to lose some mobility, but strength exercises and stretches, followed by massage will help you. In our WristAlert app, we walk you through a daily program.

Drugs

Over the counter drugs like ibuprofen to help have temporary. This is a band-aid solution that while masks the pain, it does not solve the fundamental issues. If you’re pregnant, consult a doctor before taking any type of drugs.

Rest

Take multiple rest breaks, a couple of minutes each hour. This will help manage the irritation and inflammation at bay.

Massage Techniques

Massaging is reported to help moderate and reduce inflammation, improve blood flow, and reduce tissue stiffness. Not to mention, it feels pretty good! If you’d like to try out the massages within our therapy program, you can download our exercise program for free on your iPhone or Android.

At WristAlert, our team consists of physical therapists and engineers that are on a mission to help people find cures to their hand, finger, and wrist pain as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. In this article, we will help you identify the type of pain you have, categorize it into a condition (e.g: carpal tunnel syndrome), and quickly review some common remedies. This article is not all-encompassing, but covers common known conditions.

When to seek a Doctor

Rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10 (10 being the worst), what is your pain level? If your 10 pain that lasts more than a couple of days, you should consider having it checked. You should consider seeking medical attention, especially when obvious deformity on your hands starts to appear.

We’re here to help

At WristAlert our products make getting better much easier and quicker by providing a detailed, therapist recommended program. Feel free to contact WristAlert experts at 4082036130 and ask if you have questions about your diagnosis.

Thanks,

Doug Hoang, CEO of WristAlert

4082036130

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