Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most commonly sustained overuse injuries. In fact, research by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the median number of days away from work was the highest for workers suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. While your pain management doctor can help alleviate your symptoms, there are several steps you can take to help prevent it from developing.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that occurs when the median nerve running from your forearm into the palm of your hand becomes pinched at the wrist. In some cases, squeezing or pressing of the median nerve may occur from swelling in the tunnel due to inflamed tendons. Individuals suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome often experience symptoms that worsen over time and may include frequent burning or tingling sensations, numbness, itching, or pain in the hand and wrist that radiates up the arm. While certain careers force us to use computers and other tools that increase our risk for carpal tunnel syndrome, there are several ways you can help to prevent developing the condition. These include:
- Performing stretching exercises to help condition and strengthen the wrist.
- Taking frequent breaks between tasks or while working on the computer.
- Utilizing correct posture and wrist position.
- Using splints or braces to keep the wrists in a straight position.
- Arranging your work space using ergonomic guidelines which focus on the placement of your desk, paperwork, chair, computer monitor, and other tools.
Studies also suggest that staying at a healthy weight, exercising, and controlling other health conditions such as arthritis or diabetes may help prevent the development of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Whether you’re suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome or another source of pain, Dr. Douglas Allen is here to help. New York Pain Medicine offers a number of services, including epidural injections and physical therapy. Get rid of joint and nerve pain and get back to your life by contacting our New York City office at (888) 755-2664.