Orthopaedics Q&A: Preventing carpel tunnel syndrome

Orthopaedics expert, Dr VV Prasad answers readers’ questions on bone health. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Monday.
This week’s answers:

1. My uncle is 42 yrs old. he had back pain and mri revealed disc bulge with scoliosis. is scoliosis progressive. can it be prevented by postural correction and exercises? pl advice.
Mostly in disc bulge cases scoliosis is due to pain. If the primary cause ie disc bulge is properly treated then the scoliosis will correct itself autumatically.

2. how can we prevent carpel tunnel syndrome? when i work without break for a few hours it starts paining especially at night. with rest it gets better. is there any way to cure this completely?
Any act that aggravates your pain should be avoided. If it really bothers you go ahead with a nerve conduction study of your hand. If anything is abnormal over there then its better to take a surgical opinion.

3. dear dr. can arthritis in the knee cause disabling with age? is it safe to do knee replacement after 70? what are the chances of recovery?
Knee replacement is a safe surgery. As age goes up you will have more disabling pain. If your mobility in house is restricted due to pain then its better to go for replacement.

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