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Avoiding Carpal Tunnel

Phil Book -- Progressively painful and often debilitating, carpal tunnel affects millions of Americans and can be brought on by a number of factors, including work techniques and hand function, health issues, even anatomy.

People don't understand that you can end up with carpal tunnel by doing a lot of computer work or doing other activities like knitting. Even lots of driving has been known to cause carpal tunnel problems. Any repetitive hand or wrist movement can lead to this condition.

There are things you can do to help prevent the onset of carpal tunnel: exercise, use the correct chair and desk, and have regular rest times are just a few that will help

Studies have shown that people who don't exercise regularly experience a higher risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. Some of these studies come from Redmond CL, Bain GI, Laslett LL, and McNeil JD. Varied activity generally helps lessens stress and is beneficial to preventing carpal tunnel.

Get a chair with proper support and correctly position your keyboard and mouse. Take the time to ensure that you are keeping proper body mechanics at all times as this will help you to offset the chance of experiencing carpal tunnel. In many cases, this simply means sitting up straight and keeping your elbows close to your body. It also helps to keep both feet firmly planted on the ground. I tend to cross my ankles when typing and have found this makes things worse in my hands and shoulders. Remember, your whole body works together as a unit and one are effects the other.

In some cases, items that promote ergonomics can be important as well. If you look online, you will be able to find chairs, keyboards and other office tools that help to promote better posture and reduce the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome at the same time.

It will be important to consider these options if you are looking to offset some of the risks that you have. Take regular breaks and stretch your hands, arms, and shoulders. There are very specific exercises and stretches your doctor or physical therapist can show you. I've found that different people have different favorites and differing opinions on what works. Just make sure to stretch, and rest. It's also a good idea to stand up, move your legs, and stretch. By doing all this, you can help to ensure that your risk is reduced and you are able to maintain proper health at the same time.

Carpal tunnel can be avoided or minimized. Assess your risk and make the necessary changes in your daily routines, your office equipment, and your repetitive actions. Following just some of the above advice will help you to avoid a painful condition and possible future surgery.

If you need detailed information on carpal tunnel surgery visit Sportsmed for more information. SportsMed is a complete orthopaedic practice committed to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system.

© 2013 Phil Book

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