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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


WHAT EXACTLY IS CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME?




SYMPTOMS


OCCUPATIONAL CAUSES

Currently, there is some debate as to the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome being occupational or genetic - especially in regards to developing from keyboard use. Even if there does tend to be a genetic predisposition towards the development of the syndrome, occupational causes will play a role in the progression of the symptoms. These activities have been shown to increase the pressure on the median nerve as it travels through the carpal tunnel.



ERGONOMICS

Some tips for relieving the pressure on the median nerve and preventing carpal tunnel syndrome.

A visual of the carpal tunnel.

Marji Hajic is an occupational therapist and a certified hand therapist practicing in Santa Barbara, California. For more information on hand and upper extremity injuries, prevention and recovery, please visit Hand Health Resources.





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