Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Prevention
carpal tunnel syndrome is usually caused by multiple
factors-including health problems and activities-the most important step in
preventing it is to take good care of your general health. This includes
staying at a healthy weight, not smoking, and getting regular exercise. Other
steps to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome include the following:
- Keep your arm, hand, and finger muscles
strong and flexible.
- Stop any activity
that you think may be causing finger, hand, or wrist numbness or
hand and wrist movements that spread the pressure and
motion evenly throughout your hand and wrist.
- Switch hands and
change positions often when you are doing repeated motions. Take breaks and
rest your hands.
- Restrict your salt intake if you
tend to retain fluid.
- Wear a
wrist splint to keep your wrist in a neutral position
and to reduce the stress on your fingers, hand, or wrist at times when you
cannot control your wrist motion, such as while sleeping. See a picture of a
wrist splint .
Wrist Care: Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you feel that certain work activities are causing
finger, hand, or wrist numbness or pain, talk to your human resources
department about different ways of doing your job, changes in
your equipment, other job assignments, or the possibility of an ergonomics
evaluation of your work space and procedures.
In daily routines at
home or while doing hobbies, think about changing activities in which you make
repeated finger, hand, or wrist movements. Train yourself to use other
positions or techniques that will not stress your hand or wrist.