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How can changing your workspace help in preventing carpal tunnel syndrome?

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If your work triggers your symptoms, ask you manager about changing up your work space. You may be able to alter anything from your workstation setup to tool handles to how tasks get done to see if it helps your symptoms. You might also be able to trade off with co-workers so you can avoid the same task over and over.

If you work at a computer, try these things:

  • Adjust your keyboard position so you don’t have to bend your wrists when you type.
  • Keep your elbows close to your side as you type.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, OrthInfo: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Office on Women’s Health: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief.”

University of Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, OrthInfo: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Office on Women’s Health: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief.”

University of Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

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