As you sit at your computer reading this, take note of where your hands rest. If they’re poised over your mouse or keyboard, you’re likely stressing the carpal tunnel in your wrist that allows your median nerve and flexor tendons to reach your hand and fingers. If compressed enough, this passageway will diminish in size, which can lead to reduced hand mobility and severe pain. Known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, this condition can be extremely debilitating and onset by common activities like extended computer usage.
While the carpal tunnel within the wrists of some people may be small by chance, repeated stress or trauma usually are what usually cause problems. If you’ve ever broken your wrist or dislocated any bones in your hand, the carpal tunnel could have been affected during the healing process. Keeping one’s hand in the same position for extended periods of time, forceful hand activities, repetitive hand motions, or even vibrations running through hand can also lead to harmful compression within the carpal tunnel.
The first indicators of a carpal tunnel issue are discomfort and pain. If during an activity you begin to feel aching, tingling or numbness, stop the activity immediately and give your hand a chance to rest. It is crucial to seek care as soon as possible. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be helped by anti-inflammatory medications and splits. In more serious cases, surgery may be required.
The best measure one can take against Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is proper caution against activities that cause stress on the hand/wrist. These activities should be lessened in frequency, though this may be a difficult feat if they are necessary to one’s occupation. Should any discomfort arise, seek out treatment immediately to prevent the condition from worsening.
If you suffer from Carpal Tunnel, give Dr. Attillio Pensavalle of OrthoBalance Physical Therapy a call at 516.482.0100