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How Can You Avoid Wrist Pain from Constant Typing?
How Can You Avoid Wrist Pain from Constant Typing?

Just like any other daily work, endless typing is one of the prime works you do every day. But what happens when typing in a great amount gives you wrist pain? Using a computer is not hazardous unless you have issues with your joints and skeletal alignment. If so, the repetitive typing can give you pain.

Underlying problems like osteoarthritis, changes in the spine curve or previous injuries can induce wrist pain. When you have such conditions, using the hands in the repetitive mode can make your symptoms worse.

The Common Suspected Causes of Wrist Pain

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: This is a common condition that leads to pain, numbness, and weakness, tingling, in the hands or the wrists. It happens when swollen tendons compress a nerve in the wrist. When this is severe you may need a surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome treatment.

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: This cubital Tunnel syndrome is also known as ulnar nerve entrapment and is a similar condition to carpal tunnel syndrome. It happens when the elbow nerves are compressed by swollen tendons than wrist.

Arthritis: Arthritis can cause joint pain, swelling and stiffness. Two types that are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can cause pain in wrists and the hands. Osteoarthritis is common and is caused by natural wear and tear by age. Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease and it takes place when the immune system of the body attacks the tissues of the own body.

How to Fix This Problem?

Keep your wrist in a position where you can avoid pressure on the nerves and control wrist movement up and down. Following this you can reduce pressure on your carpal tunnel. The second tip is to position the neck and the shoulders in the right postures along with the elbows that will keep the body parts from overuse and strain injuries.

How to Avoid Carpal Tunnel

Sit at Your Desk

  • Keep your head and torso vertically straight thus your weight is dispersed uniformly in the chair and your buttocks.

  • Keep the computer screen to the eye level.

  • Try to adjust the chair height along with the keyboard level so that the hands stay a little below the elbows. When the shoulders are relaxed, keep your hands folded comfortably on the lap and the elbows should be flopped loosely.

While Using the Keyboard

  • Keep your hands up but below the elbow level.

  • The wrist should be flat or a little bent on the back side.

  • While using the keyboard do not keep the arms on the arm rest.

Other Tips

  • Do not stay in the same position for a long time. Stop typing for five seconds on every 30 minutes. Stretch overhead and it will improve your posture.

  • Do other works in between like making phone calls, filing to take a break from typing.

  • Change you posture and position, arm rotation, standing up, body twisting etc.

If you feel severe pain on the wrist, visit your doctor immediately. Delaying it can lead you to carpal tunnel surgery for treatment. Visit Neuroscience Specialist for help.

**Disclaimer- Information presented here is not intended to be qualified medical advice. Nothing expressed herein creates a doctor-patient relationship.