Part 5: What Can Be Done to Improve the Situation?

a. Rest. This does not mean complete and total inactivity, but rather continued activity while protecting the injured area from further abuse and harm. For example, if it was typing that hurt the wrist, do not continue typing, rather take a rest, learn techniques to better protect the wrist from further pain and harm.

b. Change the tools you are using if they cause your wrist to be at extreme angles. For example, using gloves that are too small constrict the wrists, use gloves that fit better so they are not as tight. Do not continue using the small, constricting gloves.

c. Change the level of your keyboard to ensure that your wrists remain neutral and not flexed or bent.

d. Control inflammation, but probably not using what is commonly used for injuries – RICE (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate)
i. Do not ice the wrist because it decreases circulation and increases numbness. Use warm soaks instead to promote circulation
ii. Do not compress the wrist because carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve. Further compression of the area will not help the situation.

This ergo-tip is a part of an ergo-tip series about musculoskeletal injuries. Please visit the table of contents at http://www.ergo-motion.com/category/ergo-tips/ for other available posts. There will be one post released every Tuesday.