Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Prevention Tips

Some repetitive hand activities put you at higher risk for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). But you can reduce your risk. Learn how to change the way you use your hands. Below are tips for at home and on the job. Be sure to also follow the hand and wrist safety policies at your workplace.

Keep your wrist in neutral

Hand holding screwdriver with wrist bent and euroslash indicating not to do this. Hand holding screwdriver with wrist in neutral position.Keep a neutral (straight) wrist position as often as you can. Don’t use your wrist in a bent (flexed) position for long periods of time. This includes extended or twisted positions.

Watch your grip

Don’t just use your thumb and index finger to grasp or lift. This can put stress on your wrist. When you can, use your whole hand and all its fingers to grasp an object.

Minimize repetition

Don’t move your arms or hands or hold an object in the same way for long periods of time. Even simple, light tasks can cause injury this way. Instead, alternate tasks or switch hands.

Rest your hands

Give your hands a break from time to time with a rest. Even a few minutes once an hour can help.

Reduce speed and force

Slow down the speed in which you do a forceful, repetitive motion. This gives your wrist time to recover from the effort. Use power tools to help reduce the force.

Strengthen the muscles

Hand squeezing sponge. Weak muscles may lead to a poor wrist or arm position. Exercises will make your hand and arm muscles stronger. This can help you keep a better position.