What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Many people have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome but don’t exactly know what it is.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is seen most commonly in people who are heavy computer users. Prestige International, being part of the ergonomic community, hears from many people about their RSIs (repetitive stress injuries) and carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most prominent ones. We want to let people know about this ailment, and how to prevent and treat it.

A person experiencing wrist pain

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a result from the pinching of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. This can lead to myriad of symptoms, the most common being numbness is the hand, discomfort in the wrist and forearm, loss of grip strength and manual dexterity, as well as pain in the upper arm.

There is some very basic, straight forward, treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome depending on the severity of the individuals condition. Treatments can vary from lesser ones such as icing the area and stretching, to rather more extreme and invasive ones such as medications, splints, physical therapy and even surgery.

This person is wearing a brace in an attempt to alleviate discomfort

Luckily there are things you can do to prevent you from being inflicted carpal tunnel syndrome. If you are a heavy computer user don’t let you wrist rest on the desk/keyboard tray you are using, also look into investing in a vertical, elevated, or another ergonomic mouse so that you wont have the pinching of the wrist commonly found in heavy keyboard and mouse users.

If you feel pain or discomfort in your wrist, arm or hand area try adjusting you work habits and if it persists don’t shy away from contacting a medical professional, you don’t want to wait to long.

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