The lights at both ends of the (carpal) tunnel
Ever felt numbness, tingling, or pain in your hands after an extended session of Internet surfing or playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3? What you’re experiencing is carpal tunnel syndrome. With computer workstations crowding the workplace and computer gaming taking up most people’s free time, carpal tunnel syndrome has become a common condition.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition wherein the median nerve in your wrist experiences pressure. The median nerve is responsible for supplying feeling and movement to parts of your hand. People with carpal tunnel syndrome experience muscle damage in the hand and fingers, making them weak. This condition is common in people who perform repetitive motions of the hand and wrist, such as driving, writing, using a mouse, and typing on a keyboard on a daily basis.
In order to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome (or to prevent it from getting worse), you can follow these guidelines:
• Make use of various foam- or gel-filled wrist rests when using the computer for any tasks, like gaming, coding, typing, or surfing the Internet.
• When working in front of a computer for hours, take breaks whenever you feel pain in your wrists and maintain proper wrist position when typing (wrists should not bend upward).
• You can use carpal tunnel gloves to support and relax injured or aching wrists.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is treated using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroid injections, or surgery.