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 of developing
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.
- Many health conditions and diseases make you
more likely to get carpal tunnel symptoms. But if you exercise, stay at a
healthy weight, control other health conditions such as arthritis and diabetes,
and avoid smoking, you can help prevent carpal tunnel
- Arranging your activity and work space using
ergonomic guidelines can help prevent carpal tunnel
syndrome. Office ergonomics focuses on how a workstation is set up, including
the placement of your desk, computer monitor, paperwork, chair, and associated
tools, such as a computer keyboard and mouse. The same ideas can help you
arrange your position for other daily activities.
- Proper body
mechanics are key to preventing carpal tunnel syndrome.
your daily routine for
activities that increase your risk of carpal tunnel
- Take frequent breaks from activities to rest, stretch, change
positions, or alternate with another activity.
You can find more information about carpal tunnel
syndrome in these topics: