Dr. Rohde discusses how women can prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.
Since most of carpal tunnel syndrome is idiopathic, or we’re not really sure what causes it, it’s, it’s tough to say what we can do to prevent it. There are a few things. We know that the carpal tunnel syndrome can be associated with diabetes. It can also be associated with thyroid problems and some other medical issues.
So, certainly being in good general medical health and making sure that none of these conditions are applicable or are going on is important. In terms of if people are getting symptoms at night, it’s generally because we tend to flex our wrists and sleep like this. And so, one of the treatments is to wear a splint to keep the wrist from bending, and to keep us from pressing on our own nerves in the middle of the night.
About Dr. Rohde, M.D.:
Dr. Rachel S. Rohde, M.D., is an Orthopaedic Upper Extremity Surgeon in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital. Dr. Rohde received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completed her residency at the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center and performed her fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery-Weill Cornell Medical College.