Tips on How to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Tips on How to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) happens when constant pressure is put on the median nerve. This nerve runs from the forearm through the wrist and provides feeling and sensation to the whole hand — palm, fingers and thumbs. 

If you have carpal tunnel, you will notice numbness or tingling in your hand. You may also experience weakness in your affected hand, occasionally dropping items from a loose grip. CTS has no leading cause, as it results from anything that can squeeze or cut off circulation in this nerve.

How to Avoid Carpal Tunnel

Incorporate some of the following methods into your routine to help prevent the development of carpal tunnel. Be sure to talk to your doctor about other options or exercises you can try.

Relax Your Grip

Sometimes, we don’t notice how tightly we are tensing up our hands until it’s too late. While gripping something, become aware of the strength needed to hold it and don’t overexert. For example, if your work involves typing, hit the keys softly rather than punching them. If you prefer to handwrite, consider using a bigger pen with a soft adapter for easy grip.

Stretch Your Fingers

It is important to get up and stretch your legs every so often, and do the same for your hands! If you consistently use a computer mouse, ink pen or other office materials, there is likely pressure on your median nerve. Gently stretch and bend your wrists periodically to give them a bit of a hiatus.

Improve Your Posture

Sitting in a forward hunch harms your back alignment and nerves. Rolling your shoulders forward can shorten your neck and shoulder muscles, compressing the nerves in your forearms. Keep proper posture to maintain healthy nerve function.

Carpal Tunnel Treatments

If you already have carpal tunnel, you can get help from several available treatments. Nonsurgical approaches are usually the first choice, but surgical options are the next resort if the pain worsens.

Nonsurgical Treatment Options

The Orthopedic Institute of PA offers multiple nonsurgical options for our patients. Physical and occupational therapies are the standard choices. You will walk through a series of exercises and use splints to regain your hand and wrist’s full range of motion.

Additionally, we offer Xiaflex nonsurgical solutions, which are an injection to help improve hand and wrist function.

Surgical Treatment Options

Surgical approaches are best for severe carpal tunnel symptoms. We offer:

  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel release
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Joint replacement


Your hands are one of your most used body parts, so they must receive the proper healing time. Full recovery from carpal tunnel treatments can last from weeks to months, depending on the severity of the condition. If surgery is used, physical therapy is a standard follow-up to ensure the procedure went smoothly and the full range of motion is returning.

Schedule an Appointment with the Orthopedic Institute of Pennsylvania 

Contact the Orthopedic Institute of Pennsylvania for more information, and set up an appointment for carpal tunnel treatment.

Last Updated on 09/16/2022 by OIP

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