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If you spend a lot of time doing
activities that involve forceful or repetitive hand or wrist movement or use of
vibrating equipment, you have an increased risk for
carpal tunnel syndrome. These activities can include
driving, working with small instruments, knitting, or using a sander. You can
reduce your risk—and any hand pain or weakness you may already have—by taking a
few simple steps.
till you have symptoms to take preventive measures. Increase your awareness of
how you use your hands and equipment throughout the day, and make some
changes. Many different kinds of activity can cause carpal tunnel
ergonomically correct workstation setup and posture. You can
adjust your working environment and how you use it. You can also use a similar setup for other work areas, such as where you do your hobbies
or work with hand tools.
Consider trying a different tool or grip. Many people benefit from using a split, V-shaped keyboard. If
possible, try one for at least a week. One style may work well for you while
another doesn't. When using other equipment, try changing the way you hold the
tool. You may also be able to switch hands now and then when using some
Consider trying wrist splints.
If you have carpal tunnel symptoms and have trouble
training your wrists to stay straight, try wearing
wrist splints for temporary relief. These splints are
not meant to be worn over a long period of time. But wearing them whenever you
are sleeping can help you manage carpal tunnel syndrome over the long term.
October 2, 2012
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Herbert von Schroeder, MD, MSc, FRCSC - Hand and Microvascular Surgery
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