Work which involves prolonged typing on the computer keyboard, mobile phone and tablets are some of the common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

The Department of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery from Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth group, shares simple ways to reduce your risk of developing this common musculoskeletal disorder.

Tips to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  1. Avoid using a tight grip while working with a pen, computer mouse or other hand-held devices.     
  2. Give your hands and wrists frequent breaks.
  3. Do regular hand- and wrist-stretching exercises. 
  4. Let your wrists rest on the desk in a neutral position or use an ergonomic mousepad to avoid flexing or extending your wrist for too long.
  5. Keep your shoulders and back relaxed. Do not slouch.
  6. Sit with your computer screen at eye level and your knees slightly lower than your hip joints.
  7. Have your computer in front of you rather than at the side, where you have to crane your neck.
  8. Let your feet sit flat on the floor, not tucked under your chair.
  9. Wear splints or braces to minimise the pain.


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