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Ask Trevor CHT: What's the best ergonomic mouse?

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Ask Trevor CHT: What's the best ergonomic mouse?

Shawna asks:

"I have Carpal Tunnel. My boss has said that if I can find a good ergonomic mouse or keyboard then he will buy it for me. I don’t really know what I’m looking for.

Do you have any recommendations or tips as to what I should look for in a mouse, and do the cheaper ones work as well as the expensive ones or do you get what you pay for?"

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What is Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome?

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What is Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome?

Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve is compressed.

The ulnar nerve runs from the neck into the hand, it is one of the three main nerves that provide feeling and function to the hand.

You have almost certainly experienced pain related to the ulnar nerve - it's the nerve affected when you hurt your 'funny bone' in the elbow.

It is usually caused by a soft tissue tumor, most commonly a ganglion cyst.

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Ask Trevor CHT: Trapeziectomy surgery for osteoarthritis?

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Ask Trevor CHT: Trapeziectomy surgery for osteoarthritis?

Wanda asks:

"I have osteoarthritis in my right thumb. It’s very painful. I recently saw an orthopedic hand specialist who recommended surgery (a trapeziectomy). He said the surgery has a 90-95% success rate, would take the pain away completely, and is covered by my insurance.

If I decide to have the surgery, how long will it take to recover and will my hand be back to normal as a result?"

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Pregnancy and Carpal Tunnel

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Pregnancy and Carpal Tunnel

Pregnant? Numb, tingling hands?

It could be carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). 

It is unfortunately common for pregnant women to develop carpal tunnel syndrome, especially in the second or third trimesters. 

Here's what you should do if you experience carpal tunnel during pregnancy.

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Ask Trevor CHT: Will I have pins and needles after surgery?

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Ask Trevor CHT: Will I have pins and needles after surgery?

Nicki asks:

"I'm having carpal tunnel surgery soon - will I have pins and needles after surgery and if so, for how long?"

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