If you have a job that requires repetitive motions of your hands and wrists, it’s good to learn ways to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a nerve that runs through the forearm and hand becomes compressed. It can cause pain, tingling or numbness in the hand and fingers and may radiate up the arm. To prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, perform stretching exercises of the hands and wrists and take frequent rest breaks. Use correct posture and wrist position, and if needed wear splints to keep your wrists straight. If you experience the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, see your doctor to avoid permanent nerve damage. There are many ways to treat this painful condition that range from rest and medication to surgery. To find a physician near you, call 877.CENTEGRA.