What Working From Home Does to Your Body
If you’re experiencing wrist pain while working from home, carpal tunnel syndrome may be to blame. Physiatrist Dr. Vishal Kancherla recently explained to Reader’s Digest The Healthy why carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the more common complaints from patients during the pandemic.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is “an irritation of the median nerve that can cause numbness and tingling in the hands,” says Dr. Kancherla. Carpal tunnel symptoms can sometimes occur because of improper computer use.
To avoid developing the carpal tunnel, or to alleviate any current pain associated with it, Dr. Kancherla suggests keeping your wrist flat when using a mouse to avoid irritation to the median nerve.
“You can also elevate your laptop on a shoebox or stack of books. Many have even turned to a sit-to-stand desk,” says Dr. Kancherla.
Learn how working from home is impacting your body on The Healthy.