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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or CTS: Its Causes, Symptoms and Exercises

Updated on March 8, 2013


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
is a condition that occurs when the median nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand becomes pressed or squeezed.

Carpal Tunnel – this is the area on your wrist where the nerve enters the hand and is normally narrow.

This disease is characterized by numbness, pain, tingling, and weakness. It typically affects the thumb, middle fingers and index. There are so many conditions that can trigger increased pressure within the carpal tunnel and can lead to this condition. This is common on people whose work involves repetitive motion/movement of the wrist and hand.

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Common causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

  • Typing on a computer keyboard
  • Writing
  • Sewing
  • Painting
  • Playing musical instruments
  • Use of hand tools or tools that vibrate
  • Wrist fracture
  • Other causes of inflammation of the wrist


Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

  • Numbness or tingling of the palm of the hand, in the thumb, index and middle fingers
  • Pain in the wrist
  • Hand weakness
  • Problems on gripping objects (weak hand grip)
  • Difficulty in feeling and handling small objects
  • Tingling, pain and numbness extending to the elbow
  • Difficulty with finger movements


How To Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

  • Reduce or avoid repetitive wrist movements whenever possible.
  • Use tools and equipments that are designed to reduce the risk of hand and wrist injury
  • Take frequent breaks when your work is writing and typing and stop if you feel numbness and pain on your wrist.
  • Maintaining an appropriate posture and regular exercise may prevent the onset of CTS
  • The use ergonomic aids such as modification of keyboards, wrist braces and other tools may improve wrist posture during typing.


See below the Do’s and Don’ts when working/typing on a computer plus proper posture and distance from the monitor:

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Carpal Tunnel Exercises

Carpal Tunnel exercises are one of the best methods to prevent the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from getting worse and to help relieved the pain of this condition. This helps strengthen the wrist and also can gain more flexibility. Do some wrist stretches exercise few times a day so you can be relieved of pain from pressures on the median nerve. This can also help prevent further injuries to your wrists.

Since Carpal Tunnel Exercises doesn’t involve exercising equipments, you can do these simple steps even at your desk:

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These exercises for the carpal tunnel are a must for anyone who uses their hands primarily for repetitive work.


Even if you’re not suffering from this Carpal Tunnel syndrome, exercising a few times a day would really help especially if your work involves sitting and typing for long hours on your computer.


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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you much Sammi!

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      Sammiree 5 years ago

      Awesome thanks for the info !!!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello my dear Helen. Thank you for reading. Yes please do some exercises from time to time. it will prevent cts from occurring. Take care always!

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      oceansider 5 years ago

      Hi M,

      Thanks for writing this article on carpal tunnel syndrome! I don't think I have it, but I have thought about the fact that I could some day because of being at the computer a lot.....I appreciate all of the exercises you provided for hand stretching, and I just did a few of them and can see how these may prevent carpal tunnel.....this was well written M!

      Take care,

      Helen

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello Joyce. that must be awful for you whenever you use your left hand on doing something around. Take care and thank you for reading..

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      It shouldn't be, but the surgeon told me the nerve's in my left hand were in a mess and could take up to18months to completely heal. My left hand ring finger is still some what numb. Straight Carpel Tunnel is an easy fix. Joyce

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi RedElf. Playing piano can really stress the median nerve, it's like typing on keyboards too. Glad she takes time to bake bread so as to exercise her hands.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      My granny always baked her own bread. She said it helped keep her hands flexible for playing the piano. I would imagine that playing the piano would be good exercise too.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Aubrey! Me too! and I hope ill never have CTS. It's scary.

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      I have never had Carpel Tunnel and I hope I never do... thanks for this useful hub. I hope I can prevent myself from ever having it! :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hi KJ force! thanks for stopping by to read about CTS. I've thought about writing this since they always remind me of being careful since my work involves long hours of work on computers.

      Thanks and you find it informative. Yes, its good diet plus exercise will do wonders to our body.

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      kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

      unknown spy...very informative, good research...thanks for the heads up...

      .I have informed patients in the past rub / massage gently with warm olive oil on the wrist can ease painful discomfort, working into the ends of the fingers, wrap cling around wrist ( not too tight) and put on an old pair of socks, works wonders...

      Drinking dark cherries/blueberries/pineapple can overtime help also..I bought a pair of warmers ( for hunters) gloves..they help while I sleep..

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello again Kashmir, thank you sir for your support.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi M. This is all great and useful information to help diagnose and treat carpal tunnel syndrome . Well done and put together hub !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Snow, Molly, Deb,

      Big thanks for stopping by. and for reading :)

      Deb, maybe she never took a break and let her hands and wrist exercise.. very painful.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted up and useful. This is excellent information. I knew a lady years ago that worked in a shoe shop and had to have an operation on both hands due to this malady. It is very painful. She was a shoe laster.

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      Thanks for the information! This is useful to know.

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Hello Spy. Wonderful hub about CTS. I've known a few people who also suffer on this condition.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Beckie, thank you so much!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Spy - fantastic research article. Many of my friends have suffered from this at one point or another. Very important light you have shed on this subject.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello Mark. Thank you for reading! :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Lipnancy, you're right. We tend to be addicted on our keyboards that we forgot to let our hand have a break. We shoud exercise it a few times a day.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello Peggy, thank you :) Yeah, just simple exercises to prevent CTS.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Julie, thank you for the message. You have to take care so it would not get worse. It's very hard if you have that condition.. like Joyce, she had to undergo surgery on her left hand..

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Joyce, thanks for stopping by. Oh my. I sometimes thought, CTS can be cured by therapy. is it bad? if you have surgery for cts?

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much sir Bill. :) glad you always support my writings.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Very useful information M, especially the graphics at the end showing right and wrong.

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      What all of us on hubpages can use because we are all at the the computer keyboard all day long. Hope our fellow hubbers benefit from this. Voted Up and Shared.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Good information regarding carpal tunnel problems. I liked the fact that you included some exercises and showed graphics of how to do them. Simple enough to do and it is a nice break for the hands and wrists. Voted up and useful. Thanks!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      This was really helpful to me, because I struggle with this exact pain. I am not sure its severe enough to be considered carpal tunnel, but none the less- your information was really good! Thanks :)

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I have carpel tunnel in both hands bought on by rheumatoid arthritis. My left hand was the worst, I had surgery on my left hand my right hand is still going okay.

      Voted up and interesting, Joyce.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Something that us writers need to be aware of; a very real possibility. Great job of bringing this to light.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Haha :P I;m so glad you stopped by J. Always be careful! Exercise the hand and wrist a few times a day :)

      Thanks again friend!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      M,

      Very informative hub! I agree with what you told midget38. I would just die if I got it myself! :) Thanks for the useful hob, excellent job and I enjoyed the change in writing for you! Great job M! :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thanks Ariel.. You should..especially nowadays we spend too much time on our desk and computers. Some people had to go surgery when the CTS become worse.

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      Arielqiao 5 years ago

      I've never heard of this.Then I need to move my wrist frequently to prevent the causing of this condition.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hi Midget! thanks.. i hope i wont get CTS because i think i spend more time on keyboard than resting my hands.. :)

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      A useful piece! I use a raised keyboard stand. Hope it prevents CTS! Voted up. Sharing.