This article details the ways in which your GP can diagnose and treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Read on to find out more!
1. What is carpal tunnel?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by nerves being compressed as they move through the carpal tunnel in your wrist.
2. What causes it?
The compression can occur as a result of any process which increases pressure around this part of the wrist and therefore the median nerve.
Adequate exercise and a proper diet are enough to keep you fit. However, the sit-ups and star jumps you have been doing for months will not be of much help if you have excess skin around the abdominal region. In such cases, surgery is the only option, and doctors recommend a tummy tuck. Therefore, it is crucial for patients who do not know much about abdominoplasty to familiarise themselves with the procedure.
Vascular dementia is caused by brain damage that occurs when the flow of blood to your brain is impaired. The condition can be mild or severe and affects memory, judgement and reasoning. Vascular dementia can occur when an artery in your brain becomes blocked as a result of having a stroke, but having a stroke does not automatically mean you will develop this type of dementia. Other conditions that can cause vascular dementia by impairing the flow of blood to the brain include diabetes, high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.
In addition to treating common health complaints, most GP surgeries offer a minor surgery clinic. This allows patients to quickly resolve small health issues that aren't necessarily serious health risks but are causing discomfort. Accessing minor surgery in this way can save you from waiting for a hospital appointment, and your GP will provide any follow-up services as required, such as changing dressings or checking that your wound is healing well.
Older people often have mobility problems due to ageing and long-term illnesses such as arthritis, COPD and Parkinson's disease. Physiotherapy can help them improve their mobility and muscle strength. The excerpt below discusses the various considerations that you should make when planning physiotherapy for senior citizens.
The main aim of the management plan is to educate the patient about the benefits of the intervention and to prepare him or her for the physio exercises.