Everyday Tips to Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

At Orthopaedic of Reading, we have helped countless patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.

You may not consider your desk job as “high-risk,” yet hours spent typing on a computer keyboard can cause your body harm. Among the most common is wrist and hand pain caused by a condition called carpal tunnel syndrome. Sometimes debilitating, carpal tunnel syndrome is the result of compression of the median nerve, which gets squeezed or compressed by inflammation as it travels through the wrist.

This nerve passes through the carpal tunnel, where nine flexor tendons share space with the nerve. This bundle of tissue is responsible for sensation in all of your fingers, except for your pinkie. When the area becomes too crowded, the nerve is compromised and you experience symptoms in your fingers that include numbness, tingling, and dysfunction.

At Orthopaedic of Reading, we have helped countless patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. To prevent it from returning, we always suggest these easy steps. 

Give your wrists a break 

When you’re concentrating on a task and have strict deadlines, it can be easy to work for hours without giving yourself a break. Remind yourself to stop every hour or so and give your wrists a little stretch and shake out. You can even set a timer on your phone to keep you from forgetting.

 A wakeup for your wrists may include a vigorous shake of your hands, long stretch of your arms, and some wrist circles.

Use minimal force

Keep your touch light when you’re typing away on the keyboard or hammering a nail. Use only as much force is as needed for the task at hand to discourage irritation of the carpal tunnel. Also avoid bending your wrist in extreme directions during tasks.

Train your grip and hand strength

Yoga is a fantastic way to improve your grip strength and wrist mobility. Squeeze a tennis or stress ball and do wrist flexion and extension with light weights to further improve strength and mobility in the area.

Adjust your workspace

Ask your employer for an evaluation of the ergonomics of your workspace. They may change the height of your chair or desk or give you a specially-made keyboard that reduces tension on the carpal tunnel.

Keep your wrists and hands warm

If you’re prone to carpal tunnel syndrome, a cold environment contributes to the development of pain and stiffness. You might benefit from turning up the temperature in your office and if that’s not an option, invest in a pair of fingerless gloves to keep your hands and wrists warm.

If you should experience symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, contact us at Orthopaedic of Reading right away. The sooner you seek treatment, the less likely the condition progresses to a point that requires invasive interventions such as surgery. Call our office or book using this website for more about carpal tunnel syndrome prevention and treatment. 

 

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