|These exercises have been developed
and tested by Dr. Housang Seradge at the University
of Oklahoma Orthopaedic & Reconstructive Research Foundation (http://ortho-ok.com/orrf/ORRF_CARPAL_TUNNEL_PREVENTION.htm).
Studies there indicate that two out of three patients with mild to moderate
carpal tunnel symptoms were able to avoid surgery by using these exercises
- twice the success rate of other nonsurgical treatments. These exercises
are more successful in patients with mild symptoms, and are not recommended
for patients with severe symptoms. Patients who have persistent symptoms
despite these exercises should discuss surgical treatment with their physician.
The latest version of these exercises can be found at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons web site: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/fact/thr_report.cfm?Thread_ID=15&topcategory=Hand
Here are some exercises intended to help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Remember doing a quick five minute exercise warm-up before starting work, just as runners stretch before a run, can help prevent work-related injuries.
For more information on "Prevent Injuries America!," call the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeonsí public service telephone number 1-800-824-BONES (2663).
Source: Housang Seradge, MD, et.al., poster exhibit, 1996 Annual Meeting, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.