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Published on April 07, 2016

Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the Office

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a hand and arm condition that causes numbness, tingling and is usually caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist. For those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and work in an office, at times the condition can be quite painful.

Here are a few things you can do at work to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome:

Move it - Take time throughout your day to stretch and perform basic exercises. Shake out your wrists from time to time. Another recommended movement exercise for reducing the risk of this syndrome is yoga.

Keep your hands warm - Some people like to wear fingerless gloves if working in a cold environment to prevent finger stiffness.

Keep your wrists straight - If on a desktop computer, the keyboard should be flat (keep “feet” on back of keyboard down). If your keyboard is on a tray, the tray should be flat or tilted away from you, never towards you.

Check your desk set up - Keep your keyboard, mouse, and phone within your forearm's length, and adjust the height of your chair so that your forearms are level with your keyboard. Many companies have departments that will work with you on ergonomics; check with your manager.

Reduce your force - Try touching the keys on your keyboard lightly. Additionally, loosen your grip on the pen or pencil when writing.

“It is important to work on core strengthening and flexibility, said Daniel E. Kaplan MD, PIH Health Physicians Orthopedics. “Be sure to always consult your doctor if you are experiencing numbness or tingling to accurately determine the cause of the discomfort.”

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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