Are Your Wrists in Danger of Getting Carpal Tunnel?

The answer is maybe. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where a ligament through the front of the wrist called the transverse carpal ligament can become inflamed, tighten up and put pressure on the tendons of the finger and the median nerve in your hands. The median nerve supplies your thumb, pointer finger, and half of your middle finger. Symptoms can present as numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hands.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons have identified computer use as a risk factor for developing carpal tunnel along with other factors such as age and rheumatoid arthritis. It is entirely possible that repetitive movements through the ligaments of the finger from typing for hours daily can irritate and rub against the Transverse ligament. Poor wrist alignment, where the wrist is in an extreme bent or extended position, will ultimately stress the ligament and increase risk of carpal tunnel.

Although Carpal Tunnel syndrome is treatable, the best treatment is to prevent it. By making sure there is optimal wrist alignment during typing with wrist cushions such as the WavePads, combined with continued breaks from typing and wrist stretches in the free E-course, the risks of Carpal Tunnel can be minimized.