The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway located on the palm side of your wrist. It protects the main nerve to your hand and nine tendons that bend your fingers. When pressure is placed on this nerve, numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers, wrist pain, swelling and difficulty with manual dexterity can occur. These are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Early diagnosis and treatment are key to avoid permanent nerve damage. Try these tips and consult your doctor:
If symptoms are still mild, try taking more frequent breaks to rest your hand from the computer or repetitive motion activity.
Occasional cold packs can assist with reducing swelling.
A splint that holds your wrist still while you sleep can help relieve nighttime symptoms of tingling and numbness. You can also try this at the computer keyboard to keep the wrist in a neutral position.
Whether it’s repetitive writing causing your pain, or, once you take a break from the activity you find you have trouble writing without pain due to the pressure you’ve already placed on the nerve, an ergonomic pen can help alleviate pain symptoms.
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