Wrist pain in the middle of work can be annoying and concerning especially if it affects work productivity. So let’s dive in deeper to understand one of the most common causes of wrist pain – Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is defined as a condition that affects the median nerve that causes hand pain and numbness/tingling, specifically the thumb, index finger, middle finger and the outer half of your ring finger.

It occurs due to pressure on the median nerve as it passes through this space at your wrist and hand called the Carpel Tunnel. Repetitive activities like typing, texting can tighten and restrict this tunnel causing the symptoms of median nerve compression.

Symptoms include:

  • Burning or tingling in your thumb, index or middle fingers
  • Weakness in your hand and difficulty with gripping, grasping.
  • Pain in wrist and hand

What you can do?

  • Avoid repetitive activities for longer periods at once
  • Take frequent breaks
  • Exercises and stretches for wrist and hand will help
  • Seek Professional Advice:

Hands on work to release the tight nerve along with wrist and hand muscles and tissues help a long way in reducing pain and discomfort and get you moving better. Make sure to seek professional advice for the best activities, stretches and exercises for you.

—by Shivangi Trivedi, Registered Physiotherapist

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