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March 1996, Week 1


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Ahnde Lin <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 5 Mar 1996 09:45:35 -0500
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There have been many requests for the article on the exercise. I am copy
down the exercise part of the article here.  Then, when my volunteer
assitant comes, he'll send the full article to all of you who have asked.
I'm a solor, part-time.  That's the reason
From The Times (Trenton):
        Start by bending the wrist and fingers upward (as if in a
handstand position), then straighten the wrists and relax the fingers.
Next, make a tight fist with both hands, then bend the wrists down while
keeping the fists, then straighten the wrists and relax the fingers.
        More general preventives include maintaining a normal body weight
and getting regular exercise, which delay aging of the nerves, and
avoiding sleeping with wrists flexed or with a hand under the head, which
puts pressure on the median nerve.
        Even surgeons now agree that conservative therapy is the best
approach, with surgery reserved for the smaldrrcentage (small
percentage?) of patients who do not improve sufficiently without it.  Seradge (Dr. Houshang Seradge of
the Univ. of Oklahoma) adivses against any use of the injured hand in
the first week to 10 days of treatment.  Even ringing a doorbell, pushing
a shopping cart or holding a cup increases pressure ....In a preliminary
study, he said the response rate was better than 70 percent.
Ahnde Lin
RWJU Hospital at Hamilton, NJ