How can carpal tunnel syndrome be prevented?

Because of its many causes, carpal tunnel syndrome is difficult to prevent. Workstation changes, such as proper lighting and seating and hand/wrist placement, can help decrease some factors that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Other preventive methods include:

  • Sleep with your wrists held straight.
  • Keep your wrists straight when using tools.
  • Avoid flexing (curling) and extending your wrists repeatedly.
  • Decrease repetitive/strong grasping with the wrist in a flexed position.
  • Take frequent rest breaks from repetitive activities.
  • Perform conditioning and stretching exercises before and after activities.
  • Monitor and properly treat medical conditions linked to carpal tunnel syndrome.

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