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Prevent carpal tunnel syndrome before it's too late

If you're like most office workers, you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk in front of a computer, and you do a lot of typing. Some people are susceptible to getting carpal tunnel syndrome from typing a lot, and some people aren't. In fact, it's difficult to predict who might get this debilitating condition, but if you type a lot, then you're at risk.

Here are few easy steps that everyone can take in order to reduce the chances that they will develop this painful condition:

-- Relax your hands: Don't bang on the keys, and try to hit the keys softly.

-- Take a break: Stretch your hands, fingers and wrists throughout the day. Take a few minutes rest to relax your fingers after long bouts of typing.

-- Switch it up: If you can do other things, try to stop typing and complete a different task at intervals throughout the day.

-- Use good typing form: Keep your wrist in a neutral position and don't bend it down or up severely. Maintain your keyboard at the height of your elbows, or lower, when possible.

-- Sit with good posture: Don't compress the nerves in your neck. Don't roll your shoulders. Sit in a relaxed, upright position.

-- Stay warm: If your hands are cold, be sure to keep them warm. Perhaps wear fingerless gloves, or adjust the thermostat to ensure proper warmth.

If, despite all your efforts to avoid injury, you might end up with carpal tunnel symptoms. Seek medical attention immediately. Also, consider seeking the help of a workers' compensation lawyer who can pursue a benefits claim on your behalf to pay for your doctor's bills.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Carpal tunnel syndrome: Lifestyle and home remedies," accessed May 19, 2017

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