Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

by Administrator 21. January 2015 10:58

If you spend most of your time performing activities that involve repetitive and forceful movements of the hand or wrist, you are at risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The condition is caused as a result of excessive strain on the median nerve in the wrist. This can be due to constant knitting, driving, working on computers or with small instruments. However, by following certain prevention tips, you can easily reduce the chances of developing the condition. Some of these are:

  • While performing certain activities, many people tend to insert more force than is actually required. For instance, while writing, use a big sized pen with a grip adapter and free flowing ink. With this, you do not have to hold it tightly or press hard on the paper.
  • Try taking short breaks by gently stretching and bending your arms, wrist and hands. Switch tasks after frequent intervals, if possible. If you work with vibrating equipment that requires greater force, taking breaks is yet more important.
  • You should also maintain a proper posture by sitting or standing erect. Do not bring your shoulders forward while sitting. This can compress and put pressure on your neck muscles that also affects your wrist, hands and fingers.
  • Avoid bending your wrist at extreme positions. If you work on a keyboard, make sure you keep it in line with your elbow or a little lower. If possible, try to have an ergonomic workstation to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Also, you should try to hold objects with the help of your whole hand rather than using just the fingers.
  • If your hands stay cold most of the time, you are at a higher risk of experiencing pain and stiffness in them. People working in a cold setting should always keep their hands and wrists warm by wearing fingerless gloves.
  • You can also consider wearing a splint to keep the wrist at an optimal position and preventing discomfort. The splint can be worn both at day time and at night, depending upon when you need it the most.
  • Some medical conditions, such as Arthritis and Diabetes, may increase the chances of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Thus, one should sustain a healthy lifestyle by exercising, controlling weight and avoiding smoking to minimize the risk.

For complete diagnosis and treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Frisco, TX, consult Dr. Knoll. To schedule an appointment with the wrist specialist, you can call at (214) 618-5502.

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