You’re working at your desk, working on the computer with your mouse, trying to ignore the tingling or numbness you’ve had for months in your hand and wrist. Suddenly, a sharp, piercing pain shoots through the wrist and up your arm. Just a passing cramp? More likely, you have carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful progressive condition caused by compression of a key nerve in the wrist.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist.
Symptoms usually start gradually, with frequent burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers.
Use the keyboard and the mouse in the correct fashion:
Exercise your wrists when possible. Practice and use the other hand, too, while operating the mouse! Try using the mouse with both hands alternatively. It may feel difficult initially, but things get easier with time.
Surgery is something nobody wants.
If you are an intensive computer user who uses the keyboard and the mouse, you need to be concerned about it NOW.
These posts on how to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and health issues which every over 40 computer user should be aware of, are sure to interest most of you!