Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Prevention
To help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome:
- Take good care of your general health. This includes
staying at a healthy weight, not smoking, and getting regular exercise.
- 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. For example, keep your wrists straight or only slightly bent. Avoid activities that bend or twist the wrists for long periods of time.
- 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 when you
cannot control your wrist motion, such as while sleeping. A splint can keep your wrist in a neutral position—that is, not bent too far forward or back—and reduce the stress on your fingers, hand, or wrist.
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. Ask 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. For more
information, see the topic
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 won't stress your hand or wrist.