Tips to Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Written by + on October 19, 2012

Bloggers and copywriters often experience carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a condition that affects the fingers, hands and arms. This syndrome is often associated with people who frequently use their hands such as in using a computer, doing badminton or tennis and other activities. Although this condition can easily be prevented, it can worsen when taken for granted.

About CTS

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by an increased pressure on the median nerve located at the wrist. It is often referred to as a pinched nerve that can lead to a tingling sensation, numbness, weakness or pain in the hand, fingers and arm.

The symptoms can be felt not only at night but even during daytime when the hands are at work. They can also be experienced by people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid conditions, diabetes and pregnant women.

Tips

Medical experts, however, point out, that this syndrome can be prevented in several ways. Practicing proper posture is one way.

Taking a break from work will also help relieve the pain. Using an ergonomically correct mouse and chair are recommended by experts.

Doing hand exercises including shaking and stretching is also effective. Fist flexion exercises can help and you do this with your wrist in a straight position and then flexing your fingers to make a hook and fist alternately as if you’re squeezing a ball. For each position, hold it about seven seconds before proceeding to the next.

Using a wrist brace or splint is another option.

Steroid injection in the carpal tunnel may be a big help in relieving swelling.

If all else fails and the pain becomes unbearable, surgery might be recommended. The procedure is meant to enlarge the tunnel to provide more room for the nerve so it does not get pinched during movement of the wrist. Normally, the ligament that forms the roof of the tunnel is cut to decrease pressure on the nerve.

So make sure you take breaks and relax your wrist every now and then while working and most especially if you feel any sign of the CTS coming before it gets worse.

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