5 Tips For Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a workplace-related condition commonly experienced by people who use a computer mouse.

The problem is widespread, says Dr. Frank J. Mandarino, DC, president of Mandarino Chiropractic.

Involving nerve entrapment in the wrist, CTS often is the result of prolonged and repetitive use of a computer mouse. The condition affects the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand.

Experiencing CTS symptoms – such as burning, tingling, itching, and/or numbness in the palm of the hand and thumb, index, and middle fingers – people understandably turn to medical doctors and/or chiropractors for a solution.


However, Dr. Mandarino and Mandarino Chiropractic say preventative measures should not be overlooked and the chances of developing CTS when using a computer mouse may be diminished by heeding these tips from the American Chiropractic Association:

  • Don’t move the mouse with just your wrist. Use your entire arm and shoulder.
  • Don’t rest your arm on the edge of the desk while manipulating the mouse.
  • Hold the mouse loosely.
  • Keep your wrist relaxed. Don’t hold it up or down; instead, hold it in a neutral (straight) position.
  • Step away from the mouse several times per hour and move your wrists, arms, and shoulders around.
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