Hand and Wrist Health: Carpal Tunnel Prevention

orthopedic surgeonsCarpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common ailment that affects many typical employees at sedentary desk jobs. Working at a keyboard for long stretches of time can place significant strain on the hands and wrists, sometimes resulting in the onset of this troublesome condition. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve as it travels from the forearm into the hand: while there are many possible causes for this compression, most professionals agree that a high amount of overuse or repetitive activity can contribute to carpal tunnel symptoms such as pain, numbness, and weakness. Nevertheless, there’s hope for those whose jobs, interests, or lifestyles require repetitive motion of the hands and wrists: stretches and exercises can work to mitigate the damage and preserve optimal function.

Just a few minutes of the right exercise can be a major safeguard against carpal tunnel syndrome. Healthline hosts a helpful post outlining three such exercises, including basic stretches that can be performed at the desk. Interested readers can also find a wealth of information here at AOSMI’s site: our orthopedic specialists regularly update and revise the informative content we share with our patients and our community. Informed prevention is the best way to stay in good health: keep up with AOSMI updates via our blog, social media, and email to find the latest details.