If your everyday tasks and activities strain your hands and wrists, and your fingers tingle or feel numb, then you have what is called carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition causing numbness, tingling sensation, and weakness in your hand and wrist.
The good thing is you can protect and prevent yourself from this condition from getting worse.
Here’s a brief about carpal tunnel syndrome and some suggestions for lifestyle changes you can adopt to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome in Dubai is a common condition that causes numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness in the hand and wrist. It happens when increased pressure within the wrist is on the median nerve.
The median nerve provides sensation or feelings to your fingers, except the little finger. It also adds strength to the thumb and index finger.
The symptoms of this condition usually begin gradually and become severe over time. If you are already experiencing wrist pain, hand surgeons will evaluate your symptoms and offer recommendations.
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
Factors such as age (mechanical disorders), metabolic disorders (diabetes, pregnancy, mucopolysaccharidosis) or toxic nature (dialysis) favour the occurrence of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Lifestyle changes to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome
You can slow down carpal tunnel syndrome from developing by making some lifestyle changes-
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Eating right and exercising will lower the risk of developing medical conditions like diabetes, obesity, and hypertension, contributing to swelling and nerve damage, thus reducing the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Quit smoking as smoking can interfere with blood flow, increasing the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
Avoid repetitive tasks
It is easier said than to avoid repetitive tasks, especially if your job requires repetition.
If you can, change hands to give your dominant hand a break. Practice flexing and stretching your hands and fingers during breaks to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.
Improve your posture
Improving your body posture can make a difference in prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Poor posture may cause your shoulder to be rolled forward, straining down your entire arm, wrists, and hands.
Keep your shoulders squared instead of rolled when sitting, standing, or walking.
While taking breaks, try this simple stretching exercise to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome –
Wrist rotation– Rotate your wrist up and down to relieve stiffness, if any.
Prayer stretch– Place your palms in a praying position in front of your chest just below your chin. Keeping your palms together, move your hands downward as far as possible. Hold for 15-30 seconds.
Fingers stretch– Stretch your fingers out, making a space between each finger. Relax your hand back so it’s flat.
Grip strengthening- Squeeze a soft rubber ball. Hold the squeeze for five seconds. Repeat 15 times.
Consult a healthcare provider.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a prevalent condition. Every 10th person is affected by carpal tunnel syndrome in Dubai.
Consult a medical professional like Prof. Dr. Robert Hierner to help understand the best approach for treatment.
With 30 years of extensive experience and research in hand surgery, Prof Dr Robert Hierner has devised the integrative therapy concept for treating carpal tunnel syndrome. The treatment includes principal, conservative, and surgical therapy.
Schedule an appointment for the best course of treatment.