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A 44-year-old member asked:

What can i do to prevent myself from getting carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms?

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Dr. Taro Kaibara
Neurosurgery 25 years experience
Avoid risk factors: Typical risk factors include weight gain, fluid retention, repetitive hand/wrist motions, etc.
Dr. Daniel Mass
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
You cannot: There are things like ergonomic work stations and wrist splints at night. Carpal tunnel syndrome is most common in women over fifty, overweight, diabetic or with thyroid or kidney disease. If you do not have these problems than your chance of getting cts is low.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Are there ways to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome? Is it that you have to stop doing things with your hands?

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
No you cannot: Stop using your hands anymore than you can stop breathing or eating or sleeping. However you can recognize if you develop early carpal tunnel symptoms and seek treatment as often early treatment will help prevent the problem getting worse in many cases stop the process but it doesn't make sense to modify your activity in anticipation of getting carpal tunnel . Well there may be certain safeguards depending upon the activity that you're doing and better mechanics use for certain jobs that are prone to carpal tunnel you cannot let it worry you any more than anything else.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How can you prevent carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Daniel Mass
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
You cannot: There are things like ergonomic work stations and wrist splints at night. Carpal tunnel syndrome is most common in women over fifty, overweight, diabetic or with thyroid or kidney disease. If you do not have these problems than your chance of getting cts is low.
A 30-year-old member asked:

I think I have carpal tunnel. How can prevent it from getting worse?

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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
A wrist brace helps.: By using a wrist brace (also called carpal t. Brace) one could obtain relief in symptoms, thus preventing it from getting worse. Other causes of cts have to be ruled out, of course and treated appropriately; but a brace can help a majority of patients, in almost all causes of the cts.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are ways to prevent carpal tunnel?

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Dr. Adam Hebb
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Ergonomics: Keeping excellent ergonomics during repetitive movements such as typing may help.

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