Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition where the median nerve going from the forearm to the palm gets compressed at the wrist.
- Swelling or inflammation of the ligaments and tendons in the carpal tunnel
- Repetitive movements of the wrist
- Certain health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, hypothyroidism etc
- Unknown causes
- Numbness or tingling in the fingers or palm
- Burning pain in the wrist or palm
- Increased symptoms while sleeping
- Weak grip
- Loss of sensation in the fingers
- Treatment of underlying condition causing CTS
- Splints or braces for supporting and resting the wrist
- Steroid injections to the wrist
- Physiotherapy and occupational therapy
- Medication to reduce pain and swelling
- Surgery to release pressure on the median nerve
- In case of repeated movements of the hands, make sure to rest the hand at regular intervals
- Avoid bending and twisting the wrist too much
- Proper ergonomics at work
- Proper posture
- Lose weight if you're overweight.
- Get treatment for any disease you have that may cause carpal tunnel syndrome.
- If you do the same tasks with your hands over and over, try not to bend, extend or twist your hands for long periods.
- Don't work with your arms too close or too far from your body.
- Don't rest your wrists on hard surfaces for long periods.
- Switch hands during work tasks.
- Make sure your tools aren't too big for your hands.
- Take regular breaks from repeated hand movements to give your hands and wrists time to rest.
- Don't sit or stand in the same position all day.
- If you use a keyboard a lot, adjust the height of your chair so that your forearms are level with your keyboard and you don't have to flex your wrists to type.