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What Can I Do to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

To help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome:

  • Sleep with your wrists straight or use a splint.
  • Keep your wrists straight when using tools but try not to use splints.
  • Avoid flexing and extending your wrists repeatedly.
  • Perform conditioning and stretching exercises.
  • Use correct positioning of hands and wrists while working.
  • Arrange your activity and workspace using ergonomic (correct posture of the wrist and hand) guidelines to help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. For example, office ergonomics focuses on how a workstation is set up, including the placement of your desk, computer monitor, paperwork, chair, and associated tools, especially the computer keyboard and mouse.

 

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Reviewed by Karolee Stauduhar, PT on August 09, 2012

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