How to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when there is pressure on the median nerve that runs the length of your arm and goes through the carpal tunnel passage through your wrist. Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include numbness, tingling, or weakness in your hands. There are many tips you can implement in your daily life to help prevent carpal tunnel from occurring.

Keep Your Wrist Neutral

One of the biggest and most common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome is excessive and repetitive wrist flexing. If your job requires a significant amount of typing, remind yourself to keep your wrist at a neutral position. A good rule of thumb is to think of a neutral position as one your wrist takes when shaking someone’s hand – it requires no bend or flexing.

Take a Break

Any repetitive activity requires breaks every 15 minutes or so. These breaks don’t have to be anything more than giving your wrists an extra stretch – it can easily be done sitting at your desk. These breaks don’t need to be any longer than 2 minutes.

Check your Posture

Slouching and other forms of bad posture can put a strain on other parts of your body, including your wrists. Most of us spend all day at work sitting in an office chair, and we can easily begin to lose our posture without even knowing it, it’s important to remind yourself every few minutes to readjust and sit up tall and straight.

Don’t Ignore the Signs

If you begin to feel pain in your wrists, don’t ignore it thinking it’ll go away on its own. Icing the area and giving it the rest it needs can help prevent serious damage. If the pain continues, you should make an appointment with a doctor to learn more about your treatment options.

If you’re experiencing wrist pain that is consistent with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, you should not hesitate to contact Manhattan Sports Therapy. Dr. Nemivrosky has extensive experience with treating cases of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by using state-of-the-art therapy. When you come to our office, you can rest assure your wellbeing is in the trusted hands of our board-certified sports medicine doctor.

To schedule an appointment, call (646) 798-1330 or contact us online today.