How to Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel SyndromeIn the 2011 blockbuster hit movie “Bridesmaids,” comedian Melissa McCarthy’s character Megan famously rampaged through the film wearing the familiar glove worn to ease the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. It was a hilarious performance that put the talented actress at the top of the comedy throne. But for the millions of Americans, overwhelmingly women, diagnosed with the condition each year, the symptoms are no laughing matter.

Recently, the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute’s own Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice teamed up with another famous face – cardiothoracic surgeon and TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz – to run a carpal tunnel workshop on FOX10 Morning News in Phoenix.

Healthy Wrists and Hands

Carpal tunnel is often associated with office workers who spend a large amount of time typing, right clicking, and generally performing repetitive motions at work. However, the condition actually results when the median nerve, which runs through the carpal tunnel from the base of the palm into the wrist, and controls movement of the fingers (except for the pinky), becomes compressed. It is believed that the size of the carpal tunnel, which is smaller in women than in men, plays a role in the compression of the median nerve, making it as much as three times more common in women.

While there is not much conclusive evidence linking repetitive motion to carpal tunnel, Dr. Fitzmaurice recommends several precautions anyone can take to help minimize stress and potential injuries to the fingers, hands, and wrists at work and at home.

  • Take frequent breaks
  • Stretch often
  • Practice good posture
  • Use ergonomically correct furniture and technology designed to keep the wrists aligned in a straight, natural position
  • Learn about your individual risk

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment in Phoenix

Are you experiencing symptoms, or worried about your risk of developing carpal tunnel? To learn more about treatment and prevention, and to schedule a screening and consultation, contact board-certified hand surgeon and carpal tunnel expert Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice at The Fitzmaurice Hand Institute by calling (480) 696-6618 today!