Nine Ways to Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, is an occupational hazard for anyone who does repetitive work with their hands and/or fingers. Basically, if you sit at a keyboard, work on an assembly line, use tools, sew, and play a musical instrument — or any number of other activities — you’re at risk for the painful condition.

The difficulty with CTS is that it can quickly become a chronic condition that shows up immediately at the start of any activity involving the hands. It’s excellent health advice to make sure you prevent the condition from occurring in the first place.

With that in mind, here are nine tips for minimizing your risk for CTS:

1. Use your whole hand and all of your fingers when you grip an object.

2. Use a tool whenever possible, instead of flexing your wrists.

3. Make sure your posture is correct. When using the computer, sit straight in your chair and keep your wrists and hands straight and your forearms parallel.

4. Adjust your computer screen so that it is about two feet away from you and just below your line of sight. Continue reading