Why does my wrist hurt and how does it relate to remote work?

Do you work at a com­put­er all day and end up with wrist pain? Do you work more remote­ly than in the office? Take breaks more often and stretch your arms so as not to become a vic­tim of carpal tun­nel.

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Mouse bite syn­drome — this is what peo­ple call carpal tun­nel syn­drome. The ten­dons of the mus­cles of the hand and the medi­an nerve pass through the carpal tun­nel (tun­nel). It is respon­si­ble for the move­ment and sen­si­tiv­i­ty of the fin­gers. But these func­tions are impaired if the nerve is pinched. The rea­son is the dai­ly bend­ing of the hand in the wrist and the need to make fre­quent small move­ments with it when work­ing with the mouse.

At risk — not only office work­ers, but also artists, musi­cians or peo­ple involved in needle­work: long work with a brush or nee­dle can also injure the wrist. Ten­sion of the hand and fin­gers when typ­ing SMS can also lead to tun­nel syn­drome. So at risk are peo­ple who use their mobile phone too often and active­ly. Now, when many of us have switched to remote work and began to spend even more time on com­put­ers and gad­gets, even more peo­ple have encoun­tered tun­nel syn­drome.

anxiety symptoms

The medi­an nerve declares its “infringed” rights quick­ly. Lis­ten to your­self: have you noticed these symp­toms in your­self?
● Tin­gling, numb­ness in the fin­gers. Usu­al­ly, dis­com­fort occurs a few hours after work or at night.
● Pain from hand to shoul­der. Wrist hurts.
● It became more dif­fi­cult to hold small objects (pen, phone) in hands.

The more “yes” answers, the more like­ly it is that carpal tun­nel has devel­oped. Con­sul­ta­tion of the neu­rol­o­gist or the sur­geon is nec­es­sary.

why does my wrist hurt


test yourself

There is a test to deter­mine the ear­ly stage of this dis­ease. Clench your fin­gers into a fist and point it towards you, bend­ing your hand at the wrist. Take one minute. If you feel weak, numb or tingly, this is not a good sign. To find out why your wrist hurts, go to the doc­tor — he will make an accu­rate diag­no­sis.

Tunnel syndrome: what to do

In the ini­tial stages of the dis­ease, cold helps relieve pain and swelling. Sev­er­al times a day, direct a jet of cold water to your wrist, do con­trast hand baths. Anti-inflam­ma­to­ry drugs, acupunc­ture, injec­tions of cor­ti­coid hor­mones, shock wave ther­a­py are also used. When the dis­ease is advanced, surgery is rec­om­mend­ed.

For pre­ven­tion. While work­ing, make sure that the brush is straight and lying on the table as far from the edge as pos­si­ble. The elbow should be on the table. After every hour of work, take a break for 10 min­utes and stretch your brush­es. If you work remote­ly, try to spend no more than the allot­ted time at the com­put­er, oth­er­wise you will face not only tun­nel syn­drome, but also myopia, as well as stress from over­work and lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with oth­er peo­ple.

Hand warm-up

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  1. Squeeze the small rub­ber ball alter­nate­ly between your fin­gers and palms.
  2. Press your palms togeth­er at chest lev­el and move them up and down sev­er­al times.
  3. Clench your fin­gers into a fist and rotate the brush­es in dif­fer­ent direc­tions. Press your thumb in turn against all the oth­ers so that you feel resis­tance.

These exer­cis­es improve blood cir­cu­la­tion in the mus­cles of the wrist and con­tribute to their stretch­ing, which is an impor­tant ele­ment in the pre­ven­tion of carpal tun­nel syn­drome.

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