Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Singapore – Simple exercises to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

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Dr. Jonathan Y. Lee, a leading Singapore Hand Surgery and orthopedic upper limb Specialist, shares his tips on preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with simple exercises.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the leading causes of wrist pain and palm and fingertip numbness. It is a common problem that affects people who spend a large part of their day engaged in typing, writing, use of hand held tools, and performing other repetitive wrist and finger motions.

Besides taking frequent breaks and ergonomic measures to minimize the impact of repetitive hand activity; these wrist stretches and exercises can help prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as well as reduce pain experienced by people who have already developed the condition.

Perform these easy exercises before starting work as well as during breaks throughout the day.

Hand Surgery Singapore Dr. Jonathan LeeStep 1: Extend both arms straight out in front of you.


Hand Surgery Singapore Dr. Jonathan LeeStep 2: Extend your wrists and fingers back (as if directing traffic to stop).
Hold this position for 5 seconds.


Hand Surgery Singapore Dr. Jonathan LeeStep 3: Now straighten your wrists and relax your fingers.


Hand Surgery Singapore Dr. Jonathan LeeStep 4: With your arms still straight out in front of you, keep your wrists straight, make a fist,
and squeeze it tightly. Hold this position for 5 seconds.


Hand Surgery Singapore Dr. Jonathan LeeStep 5: Keep your fists clenched and bend your wrists down.
Hold this position for 5 seconds.


Hand Surgery Singapore Dr. Jonathan LeeStep 6: Straighten both wrists and relax your fingers again.
Then let your arms hang loosely at the side and shake them gently for a few seconds.


Step 7: Repeat this exercise 10 times, from the beginning.


These exercises are more successful in patients with mild intermittent symptoms, and are not recommended for patients with severe symptoms (e.g. numbness that lasts throughout the day, clumsiness and dropping things, inability to do your buttons, or finger weakness).

Patients who have persistent symptoms despite these exercises should discuss surgical treatment with their doctor. Read more on the causes, symptoms and treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome on our website.

One Response to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Singapore – Simple exercises to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

  1. I want to thank you for producing this article. That along with the step by step images help to grasp this exercise beautifully. So many people today are a risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome either from their jobs or the sports they play.

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