Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a serious and painful form of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). It can disrupt your work and leisure activities by affecting your hand and wrist. It is easier to prevent than to treat.

Regular exercise can prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Perform conditioning and stretching exercises on your wrist at the start of work and during frequent breaks. Strengthen the fingers, forearms, hands, shoulders and the neck also. Integrating these simple exercises into your daily life can decrease median nerve pressure and keep carpal tunnel syndrome from developing.

You can take preventive measures when you work in an office. Set up an ergonomic desktop station. Position the keyboard tray below the work surface. Arrange your activity and work space using ergonomic guidelines. Either use a cushioned wrist rest for mouse or a track ball instead of a mouse.

Avoid any activities that contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome. For example, either stop or reduce repetitive movements that put your wrist in a bent position. If you have to perform repetitive wrist motions, then keep your wrists in a neutral position, maintain a proper posture, and take regular breaks from repetitive activities. You can also switch your task to reduce pressure on your wrist and prevent infection in the hand and wrist from advancing into carpal tunnel syndrome.

If your job requires repetitive wrist motions, ask your orthopedic surgeon about wrist splints to restrict wrist movement. Orthopedically designed wrist braces such as SmartGlove and Wrsteasy can prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and treat wrist pain.

To prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, keep your hands and wrists at a comfortable temperature while working. If your hands are cold, you are more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Position and align your wrists and hands properly while working. Place your wrists parallel and your elbows at a right angle to your table.

Carpal tunnel syndrome, a common wrist pain, places heavy toll on productivity and compensation claims. These simple steps can help you prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Why allow it to develop and interfere with your life when you can stop it? Prevention is better than cure.