How to avoid getting carpal tunnel syndrome

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How to avoid getting carpal tunnel syndrome

  1. 1. How to Avoid Getting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome A concert pianist makes thousands of repetitive finger movements in a single performance. Factor in the countless hours of practicing and you’ve got a recipe for carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that can wreak havoc on your wrists. Of course, you don’t have to play the piano to get carpal tunnel syndrome. Construction workers, computer programmers, and anyone who works with small instruments is susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome. If you are careful, and re-evaluate the way you do repetitive movements with your hands, then you’ll have a better chance of avoiding wrist pain entirely. What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition in the wrists and top of the hands caused by compression of the median nerve. It may cause numbness, burning, tingling, or sharp pain in the hands and wrists. What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? The main culprit of carpal tunnel syndrome is repetitive motions, although it can be caused by certain illnesses like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Some common actions that can contribute to carpal tunnel are:  Typing  Using a sander  Using small instruments  Playing a musical instrument  Knitting  Driving Many other kinds of things can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, as long as it deals with small repetitive motions of your hands. How Can I Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually caused when you perform various kinds of repetitive motions with excess tension. A pianist who uses too much tension will have to relearn the way they play—no easy task for most people. However, if they can eliminate tension from their playing, they will usually be able to continue without much, if any, wrist pain. Many people type at the computer for much of their day as part of their job. When done correctly, typing requires very little effort; but too much tension can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Using an
  2. 2. ergonomic keyboard, so that your hands are at rest while typing, can be beneficial. Simply being aware of how much tension you have while you type can go a long way in preventing carpal tunnel syndrome. Your overall body mechanics are important, as well. Things like posture and the position you sleep in at night can contribute to the tension in your wrists. By correcting your posture, and focusing on tension- free movement throughout your entire body, then you’re less likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is beneficial as well. Regular exercise and eating healthy foods will help prevent the illnesses, like diabetes, that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Lastly, take frequent breaks from any repetitive activity. Don’t wait for the pain to start: make sure you’re loose and relaxed at all times. If you have to type at a computer all day, take any opportunity you can to step away from the keyboard for a little while, especially if your hands are starting to get tired. Getting the help you need Everyone’s situation is unique. If you suspect that you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, it’s a good idea to see a doctor. The physicians and staff at Total Health in Florham Park, NJ, have the expertise to prescribe the best carpal tunnel treatment for your specific situation. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

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