5 Practices You Can Incorporate at the Office to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Mid-Wilshire areas Dr. Arash A. Dini

If you are among the millions of Americans who spend eight hours a day typing away at their keyboards, you may run the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Regardless if your symptoms range from slightly nagging to incredibly painful, this condition can still affect how you work.

Under the guidance of board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Arash A. Dini, our practices handle conditions ranging from sports injuries to repetitive strain injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome. Our goal is to help clients in the Mid-Wilshire areas of Los Angeles and Encino, California get the solutions they need to stay active and pain-free.

One of the best ways to combat pain is to avoid its causes, which is why we’ve gathered the following tips to protect you from developing carpal tunnel syndrome at the hands of office work.

1. Position for Success

Located in the wrist, your carpal tunnel is an extremely small body part that provides passage for nine flexor tendons and the median nerve. When inflammation strikes this tiny space, it compresses the nerve, which leads to the pain and discomfort.

One of the best ways you can give your carpal tunnel the room it needs is by keeping your wrists straight. Working hours on end with your wrists cocked at awkward angles makes your small carpal tunnel even smaller, which can irritate your median nerve.

You can also carry this practice into your home life by being mindful of keeping your wrists in a straightened position during activities like watching TV and sleeping.

2. Flex It Out

As you pound away at the keyboard, remember to take a break every once in a while to stretch out your wrists and hands. If you’re pressed for time, this can be as simple as shaking your hands and wrists every hour and balling your fingers into a fist and then fanning them out several times.

But if you have more time, we’d be remiss as orthopedic specialists not to point out that you should stand and stretch away from your desk ideally once every hour. This not only helps ward off carpal tunnel syndrome, but also prevents a host of other orthopedic issues like “tech neck” and lower back pain.

3. Condition Your Wrists

It’s also helpful if you spend a little time conditioning your wrists for long hours at a desk. You can do this at home by performing simple exercises like bending your wrist forward and back with your arms outstretched, as well as touching each finger to your thumb. We have a number of other strengthening and nerve-gliding exercises that we’d be happy to share with you.

4. Keep It Warm

Cold environments aren’t conducive to flexible tendons, so be sure your workspace is warm enough. If your colleagues insist on keeping the air-conditioning set to arctic, maybe outfit yourself with some wrist warmers or fingerless gloves.

5. Take Action

Carpal tunnel syndrome is progressive, which means it starts out mild with some nagging pain after a long day. If you heed this early warning and take action, you can save yourself a lot of discomfort and frustration down the road.

At the first signs of distress, we urge you to come see us so we can come up with a plan that will prevent your condition from progressing further.

In the meantime, you can take your own steps by:

If you’re beyond the help of preventive measures, rest assured! We offer several great treatments that will remedy your carpal tunnel syndrome as quickly as possible.

To learn more about preventing or treating carpal tunnel syndrome, we invite you to give us a call or use our online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

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