Tips To Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

by Administrator 21. July 2014 10:38

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a painful condition that is often caused due to compression of the median nerve in the wrist that runs from the palm to the arm. This problem affects a number of people who repeatedly use their wrist. The symptoms appear gradually, beginning with a slight pain in the hand that aggravates eventually. The patient loses strength in severe conditions and it becomes difficult for him to even do everyday tasks such as picking up things, doing household tasks, etc. The condition can be treated by an orthopedic surgeon but it is better to prevent it.

Here are some tips that help you reduce the chances of developing CTS.

  • Rest your wrists and hands: If your job involves repetitive use of the hands and wrists such as typing on the keyboard, then it is crucial that you take frequent breaks. Even a short break is effective in reducing the strain on the median nerve in the wrist.
  • Exercise your hands: While you take a break, you should stretch and exercise your hands to avoid any discomfort and problems that cause Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. Some exercises include holding the second and the third fingers up and closing the others, draw some clockwise and anticlockwise circles with two fingertips with both hands. You should use both hands while typing and avoid typing with one hand.
  • Invest in ergonomics keyboard: To support your hands and wrists, always buy an ergonomic keyboard, as it will prevent wrist strain. By placing your hands and wrists in comfortable and natural position, you can prevent CTS. You can also use wrist rests for pain management. Avoid pressing down excessively and holding the mouse lightly.
  • Sit in the right posture: While typing, you should always maintain good posture. Sit straight, relax your shoulders and place your arms on the sides. Keep the keyboard at the right length so that your forearms are at the same level as your hands. Keep your head and neck upright, keep your feet on the floor and repeatedly roll the shoulders to avoid any stiffness and stress in the upper back.
  • Maintain right temperature: It is important that you keep your hands warm while working. There is more risk of developing Carpel Tunnel Syndrome if you work in cold temperature and you can use gloves if required.

By using these preventive measures, you can prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and also reduce the pain of repetitive motion.

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