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Reducing Your Risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is most often caused by activity associated with repetitive hand motion on the job. Those most at risk, such as keyboard operators, factory workers, typists, musicians, barbers, and bus drivers, can do much to prevent development of carpal tunnel syndrome. Ergonomic specialists can help you set up your workplace to be as comfortable and efficient as possible.
You may reduce your chances of getting carpal tunnel syndrome by taking these steps:
According to a report published by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a simple warm-up routine may greatly reduce the incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome.
The warm-up routine is as follows:
A simple change in how your wrists are positioned during sleep may reduce your risk of getting carpal tunnel syndrome. Sleep with your wrists cocked upward instead of bent downward to minimize pressure in the carpal tunnel.
American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home.html .
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.aaos.org .
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research website. Available at: http://www.mayo.edu .
Occupational Safety and Health Administration website. Available at: http://www.osha.gov .
Last reviewed September 2013 by Teresa Briedwell, DPT, OCS
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