How can carpal tunnel syndrome be prevented?

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be difficult to prevent. The condition can be caused by so many different activities in a person’s daily life that prevention can be challenging. Workstation changes—proper seating, hand and wrist placement—can help decrease some factors that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Other preventative methods include:

  • Sleeping with your wrists held straight.
  • Keeping your wrists straight when using tools.
  • Avoiding flexing (curling) and extending your wrists repeatedly.
  • Decreasing repetitive/strong grasping with the wrist in a flexed position.
  • Taking frequent rest breaks from repetitive activities.
  • Performing conditioning and stretching exercises before and after activities.
  • Monitoring and properly treating medical conditions linked to carpal tunnel syndrome.

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