Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Awareness

Carpal tunnel syndrome is painful but preventable. 
Lets help spread awareness by learning some of the symptoms and 
prevention measures. 

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) are-

  • Numbness or tingling in the hand
  • An electric shock-like feeling mostly in the thumb, index, and long fingers
  • Unusual sensations and pain that travels up the arm toward the shoulder 

Here are some things you can try to prevent CTS from happening: 

  • 1. Avoid sleeping in positions that cause your wrists to bend or curl. 
  • 2. Keep your hands warm to prevent stiffness. If you work in a place that’s cold, consider wearing fingerless gloves. 
  • 3. Loosen your grip and force when you’re working with your hands. Chances are when you write, you hold the pen or pencil too tight, or when you type, you push the keys hard. 
  • 4. Take frequent, quick breaks from repetitive activities to rest your hands or change their position.
  • 5. Stretch your hands, fingers, and wrists often, rotating them in circles and flexing and extending your palms and fingers. 
  • 6. Improve your posture and body mechanics at your work station. Pay attention to your use of the computer monitor, chair, keyboard, and mouse or other equipment and tools. 

For more information, contact the the Outpatient Rehab (760) 499-3631 or visit www.rrh.org/~/treatment-care/outpatient-rehabilitation/