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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by RedGrange, Jul 21, 2001.

  1. RedGrange


    Jun 11, 2000
    Denver, CO
    I just underwent Carpal Tunnel Release on my right hand, after having my left done back in Janurary. Anyone that is scared of the procedure... don't be.. it has done wonders. It might have you deal with your surgeon. I have a mear 3/4 inch scar that is hardly noticeable on my left hand.. and shouldn't be any bigger on my right.

    Does anyone know of any good wrist supporters, etc... that I could wear on my left hand while playing to prevent getting CTS again?

    If you're in the DC area and need a CTS surgeon... my is damn good.. I'd give you his name.
  2. What's CTS like? I know it's a wrist problem that you can get from bass and computers and stuff, is there a way to prevent it? How do you know if you have it? My left wrist makes a loud popping noise if lower it all the way, is that a bad warning sign?
  3. RedGrange


    Jun 11, 2000
    Denver, CO
    The carpal tunnel is the 'tunnel' where the nerve from the hand is located. CTS is just an imflamation of the tissue around it, therefore applying pressure on the nerve. To prevent it.. use good action, take breaks while playing, and ice your hand down (ice baths.. ouch.. but they are good), you can also wear braces to keep your wrist straight (I do in my sleep).

    Common symptons are loss of grip strength, numbness in the hand, and severe pain (usually happens more at night) in the wrist, elbow and sometimes shoulder.

    I'm very familiar with wrist injuries. I played college football, threw shot out and hammer, I am a competively lifter, and I type a lot.

    Your problem sounds like a tendon rolling over scar tissue (been there, done that)... or maybe a cyst on the bone. Get is checked out. But unless you're going numb or hurting real bad.. it probably isn't CTS.

    Also, if you hear from your Orthropaedic surgeon that you'll never play again, or he wants to cut you more than an inch open.. he is a quack.. go to someone else. Preferally a hand specialist, that has dealt with sports injuries.

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