Each year, millions of adults are diagnosed with complications of wrist pain and for many the complication is the result of carpal tunnel syndrome, a repetitive motion injury of the wrist. For adults who can write and function normally with both hands, the complications of carpal tunnel syndrome may be markedly more severe as there is a risk for both wrists to be impaired. If you are ambidextrous, and able to use both hands for writing and performing other tasks, it is important to become familiar with the risks of carpal tunnel syndrome and how best to treat the condition if you notice wrist pain developing.
Ambidextrous is the term used to describe the ability to wrist and perform tasks, in equal fashion, with both hands. While most adults who can only use one hand often develop wrist pain and carpal tunnel in the wrist of the hand that is used most often, adults who are ambidextrous suffer far greater risks as those health complications can span across both arms. When pain in both wrists, or either wrist develops, it will be important to seek medical attention immediately as long term disability can develop.
Carpal tunnel release is the surgery that is most often needed in adults who experience carpal tunnel syndrome. In those who are ambidextrous, when carpal tunnel syndrome complexes function and mobility, carpal tunnel release may be necessary in both wrists. For this reason, having proper health care coverage will be important and if you think your CTS is related to your repetitive motion at work, be sure to report the pain and complications early in your diagnosis to ensure the condition is covered by your state worker’s compensation provisions.
For most adults who are ambidextrous, once a carpal tunnel release is done, there may continue to be marked wrist pain and inflammation over the course of your life. Therefore, once you’ve had carpal tunnel release, do not think that all of your wrist pain and complications will disappear and never return. Because you are able to utilize both hands and wrists equally, there may still be a long term complication with your hands and wrists and lead to lifelong necessity of medical treatment, including the use of pain relievers and anti-inflammatory to manage inflammation around the carpal bones. The key to your optimal health lies in early detection and careful management of your symptoms in an effort to risk injury to both hands after use.
Sources: Journal of Orthopedic Medicine, 2006: 99-106.