Who ever thought that picking up a glass of water or opening a car door could be so difficult or even painful?  You open the door to your favorite restaurant and as pain and discomfort set in, you think to yourself, “My goodness, what is going on with my hands and wrists?”

Meet carpal tunnel syndrome my friends.  However you may want to stay your distance from this character, as this is little ailment is one that you will definitely want to prevent.  

 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome SymptomsCarpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Numbness, discomfort, or pain in your hand, forearm, or wrist that is usually sharp.

  • Occasional tingling, numbness, or a “pins-and-needles” sensation, which is also similar to your hand “falling asleep”.

  • Joint pain or numbness when you grip an object with your hand or flex your wrist.

  • You may have weakness in your hands and have a tendency to drop objects.

 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Who is at risk?

Women are three times more likely to contract carpal tunnel syndrome than men are.  Perhaps because the carpal tunnel itself may be smaller in females, than in males.  Persons with diabetes or other metabolic disorders are at risk too.  It is also prominent in person’s who perform assembly line work, and will usually always occur first in the dominant hand.

 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Prevention & Pain Relief

Though there is no surefire way to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, these things can help:

  1. Sit properly and use correct posture.

  2. Lower salt intake, if you tend to retain fluid.

  3. Switch hands and change positions often.

  4. Use wrist-guards/splints, to help support the wrists and hands.

  5. Keep your arms, hands, and muscles in your fingers, strong and flexible.

  6. Discontinue any activity that you believe could be causing finger, hand, or wrist numbness and/or pain.

Keep these tips in mind when working with your hands, so that you may prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.  Be mindful of how often you actually use your hands, because the stress of your work can end up taking a huge toll on your hand and wrist health. Remember…an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.