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Helpful Tips For Battling Carpal Tunnel In The Workplace

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Carpal T

Use a padded wrist rest so that your wrists sit comfortably on the table in front of the key board. The height of many computer keyboards creates tension in the wrists because you need to bend your wrists to hit all of the keys.

Stop typing every 30 minutes and stretch your hands and wrists. These exercises will keep your hands and wrists flexible and decrease the chances of acquiring CTS.

  • Spread your hands and fingers wide and then ball them up into a fist. Repeat five times.
  • Rotate your wrists five times in one direction, then five times in the alternate direction.

Switch to a headset if you spend much of your day on the telephone. Holding the telephone all day with your wrist extended can cause undue stress. Not only will the headset help prevent CTS, but it can also alleviate neck and upper back pain.

When performing repetitive gripping activities, make every effort to keep your wrists straight. Research has shown that when the wrist is straight, this position produces the least amount of pressure in the carpal tunnel. Stop every 30 minutes and stretch your fingers and wrist backwards five to 10 times to maintain flexibility.

If you have numbness and tingling in the hands, primarily the thumb, index and/or long fingers or the presence of an electric-like shock in your hands, you may have CTS. Ask your doctor for a referral to a hand therapist and get proper treatment – a small injury to the hand or arm can become a serious long-term disability if neglected.

 

(American Society of Hand Therapists)

EXPERT:
Regina Bowen, OTRL/L, CHT