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Need relief from carpal tunnel?

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On the Admin Pro Forum, the conversation recently turned to carpal tunnel syndrome. “What,” asked a reader, “really works to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome?”

Among the suggestions from fellow admins: use an ergonomic keyboard, adjust your chair arms, work with a physical therapist, do exercises, wear wrist splints and try yoga.

Our advice? A mix of the above. And start with a clear understanding of the condition.

The pain comes from a pinched nerve, one that runs from your neck, down your arm, and to your hand. As it passes through your wrist, the nerve goes through a tunnel—the carpal tunnel. Usually the tunnel is wide and tough enough for the nerve to pass through, says Dr. Anthony Komaroff, a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School, but sometimes it can grow narrow and pinch the nerve.

Most people improve with one or more nonsurgical approaches:

•   Physical therapy

•   Give your hands a two-week break from repetitive activities. Avoid gripping.

•   Wear wrist splints during the day or at night.

•   Take a yoga class with a teacher who understands anatomy.

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