Time behind the wheel can lead to wrist problems
"Repeated, prolonged gripping of anything can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome," Valle says. There's good news, however: Modifying your grip and other small changes can make a difference. Here are tips to make drive time 100 percent wrist-safe:
> Keep your hands in line with your elbow and your wrists straight.
> Think of the steering wheel as a clock, and keep your hands at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock.
> If you're inclined to drive with one hand, switch the hand that grips the wheel. Periodically use your left hand and then switch to your right.
> Find yourself awkwardly holding a cell phone to the side of your head while driving? That's bad for the wrist, too. Wear an earpiece or bring a ride-along technician to take your calls (he or she gets an earpiece, too).
> Still twisting your wrists in odd directions while driving? Consider buying wrist splints, available at most pharmacies. They'll keep your wrists in a straight position and help you avoid carpal tunnel syndrome.