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Can tennis elbow be treated?
Tennis elbow is an overuse injury. Reduction of the activity that caused the problem is the first line treatment followed by the use of a tennis elbow brace, NSAIDs and physical therapy. The best results in terms of tennis elbow treatment are achieved by using the tennis elbow brace 24 / 7 except for personal care for a total of 6 weeks.
Physical therapy as part of tennis elbow treatment teaches the person a series of stretches and deep tissue massage which aids in the healing process. The NSAIDs help to reduce the inflammation from tennis elbow. On occasion a cortisone injection is given to treat tennis elbow. If pain persists after 6 to 10 weeks of treatment for tennis elbow, an MRI scan is indicated. The MRI scan will be obtained to rule out an extensor tendon tear.
Could you tell me some of the major carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the median nerve at the level of the wrist gets inflammed and compressed. The physical symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include night pain, numbness and tingling involving the thumb, index and middle finger. Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome starts with wearing a night brace, the use of vitamin B 50 or B 100, and special carpal tunnel stretches.
The stretches for carpal tunnel syndrome are best directed with the help of a physical therapist. If the first line of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome fails, a cortisone injection is indicated. Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome is an option after all conservative treatment has failed.
Do I have dupuytren’s contracture?
Dupuytren’s contracture typically occurs in men. It is a condition where the palmar fascia of the hand thickens and contracts. It can cause permanent loss of extension of the fingers and inability to lie the hand flat on a table.
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