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How does hand pressure affect carpal tunnel risk?

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Many times, you may use more force than you need to get the job done. For instance, you might grip your tools too tightly when a firm hold is plenty. Or you may pound your computer keyboard when gentle keystrokes will do.

As you go through your day, keep an eye on how tense your hands are and how much pressure you put on them. If you can back off even a little, that would help your hands and wrists.

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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