What is carpal tunnel and why you should care?
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Sometimes, we forget that like our other body parts, our hands need to be cared for. If you're a woman, you're at an increased risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). CTS is a condition that causes numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and fingers.
CTS is more common in women than in men, and it can be especially problematic for women who work jobs that require repetitive hand and wrist movements, such as typing or using tools. CTS can also be caused by pregnancy, arthritis, and diabetes.
CTS occurs when the median nerve, which runs through a narrow passage in your wrist called the carpal tunnel, becomes compressed. Symptoms include pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and wrist.
Why is it important to combat CTS?
CTS can have a significant impact on your quality of life. It can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks, such as typing, cooking, and getting dressed. CTS can also lead to pain and weakness in the hand and fingers, which can interfere with your ability to work and enjoy your hobbies. Its important not to ignore it.
There are a number of things you can do to try to prevent it, such as:
- Take breaks from repetitive hand and wrist movements. If you have a job that requires repetitive hand and wrist movements, take breaks throughout the day to rest your hands and wrists.
- Stretch your hands and wrists regularly. Stretching can help to improve range of motion and reduce muscle tension. Click here to read our blog post with some helpful hand and wrist stretches you can try.
- Use proper ergonomics when working or using tools. Make sure that your work station is set up so that you can maintain a neutral wrist position.
- Avoid activities that aggravate your symptoms. If you have CTS, there may be certain activities that aggravate your symptoms. Avoid these activities if possible.
If you think you may have CTS, it's important to see a doctor right away. Early treatment is important to prevent permanent nerve damage. If you have any concerns about CTS, talk to your doctor.