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Dynamic Living Series focus on carpal tunnel syndrome

WOODSTOCK – The monthly Dynamic Living Series at the Northwest Healthcare Center, 800 E. South St., Woodstock, will focus on carpal tunnel syndrome at 7 p.m. Feb. 20.

Dr. James Kearns, Dr. Luke Smith and reflexologist Emilee Bozic will discuss the common disorder affecting many people, particularly those with desk jobs or who perform repeated tasks with their hands. CTS is caused by a pinched median nerve in the wrist, through the carpal tunnel to your hand.

CTS typically starts gradually with a vague aching in the wrist that can extend to the hand or forearm. Common carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms include: Tingling or numbness in the  fingers or hand, especially the thumb and index, middle or ring fingers, but not the little finger. This sensation often occurs while holding a steering wheel, phone or newspaper, or upon awakening.

Many people “shake out” their hands to try to relieve their symptoms. Sufferers also may begin dropping things. As the disorder progresses, the numb feeling may become constant. Left untreated, permanent nerve and muscle damage can occur.

The Northwest Healthcare team of experts will provide proactive information about treatment options that do not involve either surgery or the use of steroids.

The program is free and open to the public. Preregister by calling 815-337-7109, or emailing info@nwhealthcarecenter.com. For more information, visit www.nwhealthcarecenter.com.

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