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Tips to Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Repetitive activities performed several hours each day using wrist, hand and finger movements may put someone at risk for experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome. This disorder describes a set of symptoms produced when consistent, long-term pressure affects the median nerve, the only nerve that passes through the carpal tunnel within the wrist and further on into the hand.

People who spend hours each day typing, knitting or crocheting, driving long distances or using power tools that need clutched tightly because they vibrate are at risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Classic symptoms of CTS include numbness, swelling due to inflammation and fluid retention, tingling, pain and weakness in the lower arm, fingers, hand and wrist. Medical conditions contributing to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome are rheumatoid arthritis, gout, Lyme disease, diabetes and ganglion cysts.

How to Avoid or Relieve Painful Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Of course, the best way to alleviate CTS is to refrain from performing the activity that is causing median nerve pressure. Unfortunately, many people have jobs that require them to engage in repetitive hand motions and cannot simply stop doing the job. Applying ice, wrapping the wrist in a splint at night and taking NSAIDs like ibuprofen may reduce inflammation and pain. Massaging safe and natural Ateevia Botanica cream into the wrist, fingers and forearm will also provide fast relief from the inflammation and pain of CTS.

Other ways that may decrease the amount of pressure on the median nerve are:
If possible, place your work low and directly in front of you. Try to keep your lower arms even with the floor. When standing to work, place your work area around waist high
Try to keep your wrists and hands aligned with your forearms. If you work at a keyboard all day, make sure your elbows are supported and not hanging below the keyboard. The more support you give your wrists (where the median nerve passes through) the less strain there is on that nerve
Avoid leaning on the wrist or heel of the hand while keeping elbows as close as possible to your sides
Take a break every 15 minutes and perform stretching exercises--bend the wrists up and down, curl and uncurl your fingers, move your arms like you are raising and lowering a small weight to encourage blood flow

Carpal tunnel syndrome does not generally require something as drastic as surgery if preventative care such as taking breaks and performing exercises is applied as soon as symptoms appear. Only when CTS is severely disabling and unresponsive to physician-directed treatments is surgery recommended.

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