Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

ByABC News
January 20, 2010, 10:23 AM

Jan. 21 -- (HealthDay News) -- Carpal tunnel syndrome includes a number of conditions characterized by swelling, pain, tingling and weakness in the wrists and hands.

The National Women's Health Information Center says you can help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome by taking these precautions:

  • When you work at a computer, make sure your equipment is kept at an ideal height and distance, limiting strain on your hands and wrists. Also, keep your elbows near your sides as you type.
  • Take a break once an hour.
  • Scatter activities that require repetitive movements of the hands and wrists.
  • Gently stretch and bend your hands and wrists in the opposite direction from typical movements.
  • Keep your muscles warm while you work. Consider fingerless gloves if you work in a cold office.