Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Prevention

by Administrator 19. January 2015 14:06

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is caused due to various reasons, which makes it difficult to suggest a single mode of prevention. Still, some preventive measures can minimize the risk of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, especially if caused due to work related disorders. By making changes to the work area and the posture people can avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Employers are also trying to prevent repetitive stress injuries among employees by modifying the tasks, buying new ergonomic equipment and furniture, and analyzing workstations to reduce the stress.

If you work on computer all day long, then you are highly susceptible to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The Carpal Tunnel is a passageway for bones and ligaments at the base of the hand. The hand has a median nerve and tendon, which when pressed or squeezed causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The condition affects the sensations to the palm side of your thumb and fingers.

Here are some tips that can help you prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Rest And Avoid Repetition

If you do repetitive tasks such as using a keyword, it is crucial that you take regular rest and breaks. You should avoid overexertion of the wrist and hand muscles. By taking frequent breaks, you can reduce the discomfort and strain. During breaks, stretch your limbs, lean back in chair, take deep breaths and squeeze the shoulder blades together.

Maintain Good Posture

You should maintain a good posture, especially while typing or using the computer. You should sit straight with the spine against the back of the chair, rest your elbows along the side of the body and keep the wrists straight. Place the feet firmly on the floor or on a footrest. Keep the monitor at eye level so that your neck is not strained and keep the head upright so that proper blood circulation is maintained.

Use Ergonomic Furniture

Often bad posture is the result of poorly designed furniture. You should make sure that your chair is adjusted at proper height and has a supportive backrest.
Use right keyboard and mouse

Make sure you use right keyboard that can protect the hands and adjust the tension of the keys so that they can be pressed without any extra force. Your hands and wrist should remain in a relaxed position. Replace the keyboard with a jointed-type keyboard and the mouse with a trackball device.

To know more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or any other hand/wrist condition, consult Dr. Charles Neagle in Carrollton, TX. You can visit the hand surgeon at 4780 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75010 or call at (972) 492-1334.

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