Do you use a computer every day? Do you use it for prolonged periods of time? If so, then you are at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Unfortunately, many modern jobs require the prolonged use of computers, specifically, hardware peripherals such as a keyboard and mouse.
Research has shown that those who engage in computer-related tasks are at a higher risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome, particularly if the hands are positioned in a certain manner.
What exactly is carpal tunnel syndrome?
WebMD explains it as a numbing or tingling sensation in your hand that causes weakness and other problems. The sensation is caused by pressure on the median nerve, located on the wrist.
According to Handshoe Mouse, when you are forced to use a mouse that forces your hand to move in an awkward or uncomfortable manner, then you risk suffering from this condition.
They also noted that when you place your hand in an “awkward, bent position” and feel a stinging or a burning sensation in your fingers after using the mouse or a keyboard for long periods of time, then the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome dramatically increases.
According to them, two particular fingers are generally affected by this condition – the little finger and the ring finger. They reported:
“A minute bone, the pisiform, acts like a protecting shield. So if you press your hand onto the desk and force it into a gripping, claw-like position, it is highly likely that you will experience pins and needles and a burning sensation. Working from the wrist and pressing down on the desktop can increase this risk.”
If you feel like you might be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, don’t hesitate to visit a physician.
How do you treat this kind of condition?
You should let your hands rest from the excessive typing and clicking for around 10 to 15 minutes. Your doctor may also prescribe taking anti-inflammatory drugs if the swelling becomes severe. You might also want to use an ergonomic keyboard and mouse that are specifically designed for prolonged usage.
Here are the recommended exercises you should use for your hands, should you have carpal tunnel syndrome:
Watch this video uploaded by YouTube user Sjoerd Eisma for more information!
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