Dealing with Wrist Pain Day & Night

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be quite debilitating, especially since you get it from excessive/repeated use of your hands, wrists, and fingers.  It’s somewhat of a cyclical problem because if you didn’t need to use your hands so much, you wouldn’t have gotten it in the first place!  Typing, texting, and mousing are an integral part of most of our work days.  So, getting rid of the pain is a real pain since you have to keep working.  What can you do?

There are some basic posture and habit changes you can make.  They will take time to fully integrate into your daily life, but it’s important to try to make an effort as CTS will only get worse otherwise.

  • Correct your posture.  You may not realize that there is proper and improper hand and wrist positioning.  Essentially, DON’T bend or cock your wrists.  DO everything you can to avoid cocking or bending of your wrists.  If you feel pain as you are typing, texting, or mousing, stop what you are doing and re-position yourself.
  • Try ergonomic products.  In particular, an ergonomic keyboard is designed to better your hands, while an ergonomic mouse makes mousing more natural and less straining for your wrists.  Regardless of what keyboard and mouse you’re using, be sure to keep them side-by-side and on the same surface to reduce movement and therefore injury.  So, lastly, a keyboard tray will store both and at a lower spot so your arms, wrists, and hands can work more comfortably.
  • Wear a wrist splint. If you’re already experiencing wrist pain, one of the trouble spots is night time.  So often, we flex our wrists and sleep with them in quite odd positions, never even aware of it.  Thus, wearing a wrist splint at night time can protect you from doing more harm.

Using an ergonomic keyboard and ergonomic mouse at work and wearing a wrist splint at night can greatly reduce wrist pain and injury so you can keep working without excessive pain.

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