I'm wondering if people have tips and products that help prevent carpal tunnel? I'm having problems and would love to know your thoughts. I will be going to a doctor, too.
Hey, I am a physiotherapy student. I suggest you go see a physio as soon as you can. If you catch it early the likely hood of fixing it quickly is significantly increased. A good little test you can do it tap on the base of the wrist where the hand meets the wrist. Compare sides, if it reproduces your pain, it is likely that the median nerve that runs through the carpal tunnel is getting squashed..
Hope this helps. :)
Best of luck.
Thank you so much!
I don't have Carpal Tunnel, but I think learning Dvorak and all the hotkeys I can has helped me.
Dvorak looks pretty cool. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
I've staved off carpal tunnel for a while by using one of these gyroscopic training balls.
I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel a few years ago. They gave me an injection directly in the wrist bones on one hand -- it helped, but it was incredibly painful.
Afterwards, I paid more attention to what was causing my flare ups, and my mouse and keyboard (or a laptop) were major culprits.
After trying lots of products, these are now my daily drivers both at work and home:
- Microsoft Ergonomic Sculpt (you can find just the keyboard)
- Evoluent VerticalMouse (I prefer the wired one)
Both work great on Windows and OSX. I also programmed the extra buttons on the mouse for keys like CTRL(CMD), Enter, and Backspace, which help me avoid too much switching in Photoshop and Sublime.
These, in conjunction with knowing the physical limits of my wrists, have helped me tremendously.
I've had it in various degrees, but working out has always fixed it for me. Even jogging helps, even though I don't really workout the arms when jogging. But I also do various stretching exercises every day that also helps a lot, in fact it's probably the number one thing :P
I should get back into doing weightlifting though, never had any issues what so ever back then.
I just tried Alex Vanderzon, UI & UX Designer tip with tapping the wrists and I didn't feel anything painful - so hopefully I'm doing OK! :)
I have repetitive strain injury. I blame it on using a trackpad exclusively during my freshman year of college.
Getting a Wacom tablet has changed my life. I did physical therapy for a while (it helps!) but then life changed and I haven't gone back to it. I still do some of the exercises when I remember (rarely) and stretch the areas that I know are causing the problems (often). I still have to be careful and rest my arm when it gets tired, but most of the time I'm fine now.
I don't know any medical support for this, but I suggest developing large movement habits/hobbies. I find when I need a break, doing something with my whole arm helps (like cleaning my desk, screen printing, etc). Small movements, like knitting, stress it out more. Some things, like tennis, are both good (using the whole arm) and bad (gripping can be stressful).
A medical student told me that having a carpal tunnel syndrome is not 'that' easy. But he also told me to get checked frequently.
That was 3 years ago and I still didn't get checked.