Even with the best intentions, the factors that lead to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome in over a million Americans each year can be difficult to predict. Everything from heredity, to lifestyle, and underlying medical conditions can play a role in the onset of the condition. While it may not always be possible to fully prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, there are several proactive steps that everyone can take to manage pain, and strengthen hand and overall health and wellness.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Prevention
Characterized by pain, tingling, numbness and weakness, the condition results from compression of the median nerve in the wrist. Depending on the cause of the injury or pressure on the nerve, there are several lifestyle changes that patients can make in order to protect themselves from the likelihood of developing the condition.
- Mind your posture
With the average person spending at least eight hours a day sitting at a desk typing away on computers, tablets, and smart phones, the risk of developing a mechanical repetitive motion injury, of which carpal tunnel can result, are significantly greater. Maintaining good posture and following ergonomic best practices are the first step in maintaining strong, healthy hands, fingers, and wrists.
- Listen to Your Body
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive disorder, meaning symptoms begin to present gradually and increase in range and intensity over time. If a certain hand or wrist position, or physical movement causes pain, it is important to stop, in order to prevent from making the problem worse.
- Shake if off and Stretch it Out
Taking frequent, regular breaks is very important in preventing repetitive motion injuries, especially during activities like consistent lifting or typing. Additionally, stretching and strength training exercises are an essential way to increase overall fitness, as well as strong and flexible arm, hand, and finger muscles.
- You Are What You Eat
Limiting salt intake and consuming a clean, balanced diet can help to not only manage weight and promote overall general help, it can potentially help to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Quit Smoking
Advanced Treatment with the Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Release
Developed by board certified hand surgeon Michael Fitzmaurice, MD, and available exclusively at the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in Phoenix, The EndoTech® endoscopic carpal tunnel release system is a revolutionary, minimally-invasive surgical technique for treating carpal tunnel syndrome and peripheral nerve injuries.
Using a small, singular incision and advanced endoscopic technology, EndoTech® offers Dr. Fitzmaurice and his team greater visualization of the full network of tendons, nerves, and blood vessels during surgery, which allows for greater precision and accuracy during the procedure. This significantly reduces the risk of secondary injuries during surgery. This form of enhanced visualization allows Dr. Fitzmaurice to remove the source of pressure compressing the nerve in order to relieve the carpal tunnel symptoms, and reduce the likelihood of recurrence in the future.
Contact the Premiere Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Expert in Phoenix Today!
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice of the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in Phoenix is a pioneer in minimally invasive, highly effective treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other hand injuries. Call (480) 526-5106 today for relief from the pain, tingling, and mobility problems associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.