Take a break
If you’re feeling carpal tunnel pain, temporarily stop what you’re doing, suggests Sara Tomaszewski, MD, clinical instructor in the physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences department at Drexel University. “Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that occurs when the median nerve is compressed as it travels from the forearm through the bones and ligaments that make up the carpal tunnel and into the wrist and hand,” she says. “It is a repetitive strain injury and typically comes as a result of repeated or prolonged activities that compress the carpal tunnel, such as typing with the wrists in poor alignment.” Taking frequent breaks during your work day, if you’re able, can give your body a break. Here are more ways to keep your hands pain-free at work.
Rearrange your desk
Computer use is a common culprit of carpal tunnel issues. You can help reduce your risk of carpal tunnel symptoms by setting up your desk area ergonomically. “Make sure your wrists are well supported, you aren’t having to reach forward for the mouse or keyboard, and your shoulders and elbows are resting in a comfortable position,” says Rachel Girrens, MD and DC, of ICT Muscle & Joint Clinic in Kansas. Your shoulders should not be shrugged and your elbows should be bent around 90 degrees as you type. Try these home remedies for carpal tunnel treatment that actually work.