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.