What is a carpal tunnel?
In the human wrist there is a sheath of tough connective tissue (the flexor retinaculum) which envelops and protects several structures. The carpal tunnel is the space between this sheath (above) and the bones (below) making up the wrist and hand (carpal bones).
Definition of carpal tunnel syndrome:
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), or median neuropathy at the wrist, is a medical condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist, leading to paresthesias, numbness and muscle weakness in the hand. The diagnosis of CTS is often misapplied to patients who have activity-related arm pain.
Most cases of CTS are idiopathic (without known cause), genetic factors determine most of the risk, and the role of arm use and other environmental factors is disputed.
After more than 10 years using the computer, my right wrist ached badly (I was exposed to computers at quite an early age, thanks to my dad). I have been using the mouse with my left hand for nearly 2 months. When I try to use my right hand, it will hurt considerably after 2-3 minutes. So I just stopped using my right hand for mouse clicking purpose.
When my BIL (who is a doctor-to-be) come to our house for his forensic training (oh yes, it is actually like CSI but more towards post partum death), I asked him about it. And he did confirmed. He did teach me how to exercise my wrist to lessen the pain.
Dh provided me with a gel mouse pad that he bought yesterday (cost: RM 15), and I have to use it to free my wrist from the ache from the shoulder and wrist after a considerable long time use of the mouse.
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