Help for Aching Hands and Wrists

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Hi, I'm Dr. Oz. If your hand or wrist is aching after hours at the computer, you may think you have carpal tunnel syndrome, but the truth is you probably don't. Carpal tunnel syndrome is pressure on the nerve that runs through the carpal tunnel, a narrow passage way made up of ligament and bone that connects the forearm to the hand.

Symptoms include numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and fingers. The good news is, the hand and wrist pains people get from using the computer keyboard are usually from repetitive use injury, not carpal tunnel syndrome. So, relax and try these five simple steps. Take a couple of days away from the keyboard so healing can begin.

Go to physical therapy, hands stretching exercising can help. Alternate heat and ice on the area. Do 10 minutes of each several times a day, examine your desk setup, position your keyboard screen and your chair, so that you're strain free and don't forget to maintain good posture. Try a tract ball mouse to ease stress on your fingers, and if the pain persists see your doctor. I'm Dr. Oz.

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