Carpal Tunnel Syndrome | Prevention

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Can I prevent carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes. See the box below for some tips on preventing carpal tunnel syndrome.

Many products you can buy -- such as wrist rests -- are supposed to ease symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. No one has proven that these products really prevent wrist problems. Some people may have less pain and numbness after using these products, but other people may have increased pain and numbness.

Things that may help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Lose weight if you're overweight.
  • Get treatment for any disease you have that may cause carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • If you do the same tasks over and over with your hands, try not to bend, extend or twist your hands for long periods of time.
  • Don't work with your arms too close or too far from your body.
  • Don't rest your wrists on hard surfaces for long periods of time.
  • Switch hands during work tasks.
  • Make sure the tools you use aren't too big for your hands.
  • Take regular breaks from repeated hand movements to give your hands and wrists time to rest.
  • Don't sit or stand in the same position all day.
  • If you use a keyboard a lot, adjust the height of your chair so that your forearms are level with your keyboard and you don't have to flex your wrists to type.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 01/96

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