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What are simple stretches can you do to help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome?

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When you take those breaks (or any time throughout the day), try this simple stretch:

Or this one:

  • Make a fist
  • Slide your fingers up until they point straight out
  • Repeat 5-10 times
  • Make a fist
  • Release your fingers and fan them out. Stretch them as far as you can.
  • Repeat 5-10 times

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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