6 Methods You Can Use to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

You may suspect that you have carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) if you experience numbness, tingling, and weakness in your hand. "CTS is a common condition that doesn't go away on its own," said Dr. Tom Kiefhaber, orthopedic hand surgeon at TriHealth. "The longer you wait to get help, the less likely you will respond completely to treatment, if the process has progressed beyond a certain point.

There are no proven strategies to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, but Dr. Kiefhaber recommends that you can minimize stress on your hands and wrists with these methods:

#1. Reduce your force and relax your grip.

If your work involves a keyboard, for instance, hit the keys softly. For prolonged handwriting, use a big pen with an oversized, soft grip adapter and free-flowing ink.

#2. Take frequent breaks.

Gently stretch and bend hands and wrists periodically. Alternate tasks when possible.

#3. Watch your form.

Avoid bending your wrist all the way up or down. A relaxed middle position is best. Keep your keyboard at elbow height or slightly lower.

#4. Improve your posture.

Incorrect posture rolls shoulders forward, shortening your neck and shoulder muscles and compressing nerves in your neck. This can affect your wrists, fingers and hands.

#5. Change your computer mouse.

Make sure that your computer mouse is comfortable and doesn't strain your wrist.

#6. Keep your hands warm.

You're more likely to develop hand pain and stiffness if you work in a cold, air-conditioned environment.

By: Julie Isphording, Health Consultant and Speaker
Tags: Health Tips, Orthopedics, Prevention and Early Detection, Senior Health

Last Updated: May 12, 2017