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Alternative Names Pain - wrist Prevention To prevent carpal tunnel syndrome: Adjust your keyboard so that you do not have to bend your wrist upward while typing. Take frequent breaks from activities that require wrist movement. Work with an occupational therapist. To prevent gout attacks: Limit alcohol. Lose weight if you are overweight. Drink plenty of water. Eat lower amounts of liver, anchovies, sardines, and herring. Your doctor may prescribe medication. References Swigart CR. Hand and wrist pain. In: Harris ED, Budd RC, Genovese MC, Firestein GS, Sargent JS, Sledge CB, eds. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology . 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2005:chap 44. Wright PE II. Carpal tunnel, ulnar tunnel, and stenosing tenosynovitis. In: Canale ST, Beatty JH, eds. Campbell 's Operative Orthopaedics . 11th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 73. Mercier LR. The forearm, wrist, and hand. In: Mercier LR, ed. Practical Orthopedics . 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2008:chap 7.
Complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS, can develop after an injury, but the cause isn't yet understood. Researchers do know that inflammation plays a role and previous studies have suggested that the body's reaction in CRPS can be similar to that of a burn. Researchers looking into burn treatment have found that giving high doses of vitamin C to burn patients helped reduced the amount of fluid they needed and reduced the swelling. With this in mind, the authors of this study wanted to see if giving vitamin C to patients with a new broken wrist would decrease their chances of developing CRPS. The study took place at 3 hospitals in the Netherlands and involved 416 women who had a total of 427 wrist fractures. The patients were randomly chosen to receive vitamin C (317 women, 328 fractures) or placebo , a sugar pill, (99 women, 99 fractures). Among the women taking vitamin C, 96 took 200 mg, 114 took 500 mg and 118 took 1500 mg, per day. The patients did not know if they were taking the ...
When the pain and disability from arthritis get too much to bear, a person may decide to look for solutions. My husband is one such person who has just decided to do something about the pain which began eight years ago. His right wrist is severely afflicted with a "bone on bone" case of osteoarthritis. Being a right handed man, the pain started to interfere with daily activities like writing, eating and dressing years ago. But he is a very accepting man who decided to just live with it. An occasional anti-inflammatory medication or acetaminophen was all that was needed to keep going. On one occasion, the pain in his wrist was so severe that he could not hold onto a fork and required a steroid injection - but this was far from a regular occurrence. As long as he was careful, he got by just fine.
In the past year, another problem with the wrist started to compound the problem. Numbness started to creep into his thumb and half of the fingers. One day while hunting for pheasants, h...
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