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Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Kids

A majority of children are now using desk computers, hand-held electronics such as smart phones and PDAs, and gaming controls on a daily basis. Parents should take an active part in teaching their children techniques that will help them prevent future injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis.

The American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) stresses the importance of developing good habits early on in children to prevent hand and wrist injuries in adulthood. Healthy techniques learned at a young age can carry over into other aspects of life where there is a similar injury risk such as sitting in front of a computer or playing musical instruments. The ASHT Media News Bureau provided the following overall tips and health guidelines for kids and video gamers of all ages:

Prevent Future Injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tendonitis

The ASHT Media News Bureau is a central source for information on the specialized profession of hand therapy. ASHT members serve millions of patients nationwide, providing treatment for injuries and preventative care. For more information about prevention technique and professional hand therapy, visit www.asht.org.

Marji Hajic is an Occupational Therapist and a Certified Hand Therapist practicing at the Hand Therapy & Occupational Fitness Center in Santa Barbara, California. For more information on hand and upper extremity injuries, prevention and recovery, visit Hand Health Resources.

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