Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Beware, Your Kids Can Get It Too
Mostly thought of as an adult disorder, more and more children are experiencing the numbness, tingling and pain of carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS.
Video games, hours at the computer, gymnastics, racquet sports – any activity that forces wrists in the same position over and over is the root of the problem, experts say.
CTS occurs when the "tunnel" of ligaments and bones in someone's wrist narrows and pinches a nerve. Straightening the wrists to open the tunnel relieves pressure the nerve and allows swollen tendons to shrink, so a doctor may recommend a wrist brace be worn. More severe cases may require cortisone injections, or even surgery.
|By helping your child to develop good habits now, chances are he can avoid CTS problems in the future.|
But there is light at the end of the carpal tunnel: CTS can be prevented. By helping your child to develop good habits now, chances are he can avoid CTS problems in the future. Remind your child to follow these guidelines at the computer and at the game console:
• Take frequent breaks when working on the computer.
• Keep the chair, computer screen and keyboard in line and the keyboard and mouse on the same level.
• Hold your elbows at your sides with wrists in front when sitting at the keyboard.
• Keep forearms and wrists straight - don't bend wrists up.
• If you use a wrist pad, don't press into it when typing.
• Place things you use a lot within reach; no further than an arm's length away.