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How To Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

By ANDREA MIRANDA, CBS Houston
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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

“Carpal Tunnel syndrome is pressure on the median nerve — the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in the hand and fingers.” – National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is more likely to occur from circumstances that produce pressure on the median nerve and tendons in the carpal tunnel. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is most commonly found in employees that work assembly lines and construction.
  • Genetic predisposition – some people are born with a smaller carpal tunnel.
  • Sprain, fractures and other hand injuries can increase risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Diseases such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, metabolic disorders or rheumatoid arthritis can also increase risk.  

Ways to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Health professionals recommend that you should take frequent rest breaks, stretch and do hand exercises.
  • Wear fingerless gloves and arm braces to keep hands warm, flexible and to keep wrists in good posture.
  • Employers are encouraged to use ergonomic equipment such as keyboards and chairs that encourage correct posture.
  • Job rotation to prevent repetitive motion.

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