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Carpe Diem without Carpal Tunnel

Seize the day and find relief. RIC at Silver Cross Holds Free Program March 14

Joliet, IL (March 4, 2011)— Carpal tunnel syndrome can make life miserable. The compression of a nerve in the wrist can make a movement painful, creating numbness and pain up the arm and into the shoulder.  Even sleep becomes impossible because of the constant pain.

“Carpal tunnel is caused by the compression of a nerve in the hand as it passes through the wrist.  It is often caused by repetitive actions, such as working at a computer” says Karen LaBarbara, Occupational Therapist with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital. LaBarbara specializes in hand therapy and treats many carpal tunnel patients at Silver Cross. “Carpal tunnel does not have to hinder your life style, LaBarbara adds, "It is so important to take action early on, practicing light stretches and taking small breaks in your daily activity."

If you are at risk for carpal tunnel, learn more about the common symptoms and prevention tips.

Check Yourself.  People with carpal tunnel syndrome first notice that their fingers "fall asleep" and become numb at night. They often wake up with numbness and tingling in their hands. The feeling of burning pain and numbness may generally run up the center of the person's forearm, sometimes as far as the shoulder. As carpal tunnel syndrome becomes more severe, symptoms are persistent throughout the day. If it is left untreated, it can lead to loss of feeling, strength and coordination.  

Prevent the Pain. If you spend hours working at a desk, or feel any of the above symptoms, try these tips to help prevent carpal tunnel:

  • Sleep with your wrists straight or using a splint.
  • Avoid flexing and extending your wrists repeatedly. If you work at a computer, or in a repetitive job, make sure to take small breaks throughout the day.
  • Perform conditioning and stretching exercises. Yoga is a fun way to incorporate daily stretching.
  • Use correct positioning of hands and wrists while working. If you are spending a lot of time in front of computer, make sure you are sitting up, and your hands are angled appropriately.


Learn more about carpal tunnel syndrome by visiting the Silver Cross YouTube page in March. Or join Karen LaBarbara for a discussion on non-invasive techniques to help you conquer carpal tunnel Monday, March 14 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1200 Maple Rd. The free program will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Click here or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) to register.

About the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) have teamed up to expand post-acute physical medicine and rehabilitation services in Will County and the southwest Chicagoland communities. The partnership provides world-class rehabilitation care for a range of conditions for patients close to home. Silver Cross is the only healthcare facility in the area with this breadth of services in partnership with RIC. Together, Silver Cross and RIC provide rehabilitation services in inpatient and outpatient care settings at three locations. Additionally, the RIC team provides physical therapy services for patients on the hospital’s medical and surgical floors. For more information about RIC at Silver Cross, call (815) 740-7110.

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last six consecutive years and a one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With nearly 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, click here or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).


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