Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. That wrist pain and annoying numbness and tingling sensation that can be felt in your thumb, index and middle fingers; that weakness in your hands that makes it difficult to grab your cup of coffee or uncomfortable to type on your keyboard, especially in the mornings. If you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome(CTS) you understand first-hand the discomfort and pain it can bring to your work day. Unfortunately, many of us have jobs that involve daily repetitive motions such as using a computer, driving, sanding or assembly line work which can make the discomfort of CTS worse. So what can you do to help relieve carpal tunnel pain at work?
Fortunately, there are things you can do to help ease the pain of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or keep the symptoms from getting worse, even if your job requires repetitive tasks.
Here are 5 tips to help relieve your CTS pain:
- Create a more ergonomic workspace by purchasing an ergonomic keyboard and mouse. The padding on the keyboard allows you to keep your fingers, palms, and wrists in a neutral position. The mouse allows you to keep your wrist unkinked and thumb pointed up. Whether you are sitting or standing at the computer, make sure it is positioned directly in front of you. Your forearms should be level with your keyboard.
- Movement. Take frequent breaks; get up to stretch and move your finger and roll your wrists; massage your hands, fingers, and wrists.
- Alternate tasks if you can. That way, you aren’t keeping your hands in the same position all of the time. If you have a repetitive job, ask if you can switch with someone who is doing a different task so that you are using your hands differently. Repetitive tasks can lead to inflammation and swelling that put pressure on the median nerve that runs through the carpal tunnel. (The nerve that runs down your forearm and into the palm of your hand.)
- Sit up straight with your low back supported. Use the arm rests on your chair if you have them. Keep your wrists in a neutral position whenever possible.
- Wear splints while on the job and driving. The splints will keep your wrists straight to reduce pressure on the nerve and remind you not to bend your wrists. The WS6 Compression Sleeve or the Mueller Green Fitted Wrist Brace are just a few examples of splints that can help relieve the pain and swelling associated with CTS.
In addition to these suggestions, taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin or ibuprofen and icing your wrist can also help to reduce the swelling and alleviate your pain. If your symptoms persist, despite following the suggestions above, it’s important to consult with your healthcare provider for additional treatment options.Like what you’ve read? Click here to subscribe to the blog!
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