Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Kelly, one of my blogbuddies has been experiencing pain due to carpal tunnel syndrome. And I thought it is important to make people aware of the issue.

Web MD does a really good job talking about dianosis and prevention. Here are a couple of little excerpts…

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a specific group of symptoms including tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the fingers or hand and occasionally in the forearm and elbow. These symptoms occur when there is pressure on the median nerve within the wrist. The median nerve runs through the carpal tunnel, which is formed by the wrist bones and ligaments. See an illustration of carpal tunnel syndrome anatomy.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
The most common factor that contributes to carpal tunnel syndrome is repetitive finger or hand movements. You may notice that you use repetitive finger or hand movements, or forceful or strenuous finger movements, in your work, home activities, daily tasks, hobbies, or sports. When compared with other illnesses and injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common causes of absences from work.

…bottom line, everyone that uses a computer in a regular basis is at risk… so lets inform ourselves and be aware of this problem that can make our lifes extremely unconfortable. Some simple things to do to prevent it is to always keep good posture and not bend our wrist when we are typing. Also, take breaks from typing and stretch not just your wrist but your whole body.

10 Responses to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  1. I have CTS…not fun. I have found the natural hand keyboard helpful, but an expensive alternative. Exercise has helped, and I sometimes wear wrist braces at night while sleeping. I had a shot once to help and the pain it brought on was worse that CTS…but then again, I hate shots!

  2. WTG Logtar! Yes! People so need to be aware of this and the causes of it. It’s not a nice to thing to have…it can be rather debilitating and painful. Trust me! I know! ;)
    Do limit your pc time, wear a brace if you feel the onset of it and see a dr. about it and do as your dr. tells you! Believe me, it is treatable without surgery if you get it taken care of right away!

  3. I not only type at work all day, I come home and the first thing I do is turn on my computer. Then I’m in PSP a lot and I know that can’t help; thanks for the tips! I should be adding you to my blogroll list so I can come visit more often! I’m going to do that now……..

  4. There is an amazing product on the market call Topricin (www.Topricin.com)
    that effectively relieves the pain of cts and heals the damage that cause the pain. It is all natural with zero side effects. It’s been on the market for 10 years and is just amazing. Do yourself a favor and try it!!!

  5. A few months ago I experinced what I thought was the beginning of CTS. The two fingers next to my thumb (left hand) would feel like they were asleep and tingled. My lower forearm ached some. This occured at night but also during the day and then it would go away only to return. This condition seems to have subsided but now, in addtion to the weakness I have this. If I tilt my chin down and to the left toward my chest to the left side, I feel pain from my left shoulder blade and left shoulder down through my left arm and sometimes to my fingers. I have also experienced a quick, sharp pain while just sitting doing nothing at all in my left hand just in line with my index finger but on the back of my hand. I don’t know who to see about this but I suppose it is an Orthopedic Dr. Do I need a Nerologist to look at this? Has anyone else has these symptoms?

  6. I have read many very good suggestions about ways to reduce the strain caused by typing. Ergonomic and medically oriented solutions are fine and too often necessary. However they don’t get to the root of the problem. The root problem being that the volume of information being typed is increasing dramatically yet no effective solution to addressing this issue has yet come forth.

    I think, however, that an innovative approach is needed to deal with these issues.

    I would offer that the only way to strike at the heart of the problem is to greatly reduce the number of keystokes required to produce any level of output. More bang for each keypress.

    We all are familiar with abbreviations such as ‘tv’ for ‘television’, ‘ea’ for ‘each’, or ‘USA’ for ‘United States of America’. Suppose it were possible to utilize technology to take these (and far more) keyed in abbreviations and convert them to their corresponding expanded text. In the process you will have greatly reduced the number of keystrokes required to produce a far greater level of output. Then, regardless of your current typing speed or dexterity your productivity would be increased commensurately. (200 keypresses might output 450 letters of text for sake of argument) Not to mention the fact that the number of typing (spelling) errors made and requiring correction would be reduced in kind.

    This type of software solution will facilitate both the reduction of the incidence and effect of typing related repetitive motion injuries and the return to a competitive level of productivity with far less effort for those already suffering the effects of Carpal Tunnel.

    Some examples may help to clarify.

    Type . Output …………… Savings

    tt … that ………………. 50%
    ts … this ………………. 50%
    nf … information ………… 82%
    ub … unbelievable ……….. 83%
    wu … would ……………… 50%
    wuu .. would you ………….. 66%
    naoi . in and of itself ……. 75%

  7. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome prevention methods are to be taken in consideration by every company, so do the companies are considering such prevention methods to prevent their employees from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. According to a major survey, 84% have reported that they were modifying their equipments, their tasks and their process, 79% reported that they were buying new equipments and 83% have reported that they were analyzing their workstations and jobs.

    There exists no single way of prevention method for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The ergonomic methods can help to minimize the risk of work associated Carpal Tunnal Syndrome or other cumulative trauma disorders. There are some other prevention methods like adjusting your workplace or work in such a way the it puts less stress on hands and wrist. Even the exercises those strengthen the fingers, wrists, forearms, hands, shoulders and the neck can help to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. However there is no evidence that doing the above mentioned things can provide complete prevention from Carpal Tunnal Syndrome.

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be prevented using the study of ergonomics, which is the study and control of stress, motion, posture etc., The repetitive activities of a person that causes inflammation in the wrist and hand can be prevented by simply altering the way he performs them. For example going for an ergonomic chair can let a person to sit in neutral posture.

    Taking short breaks can also prevent Carpal Tunnal syndrome. A person does repetitive tasks should go for short warm-up period, take frequent break periods and there by avoiding over effort on the finger muscles and hand.

    The key cause of Carpal Tunnal Syndrome is posture so utmost care is to be taken to have perfect neutral posture especially for those who are in typing jobs and computer jobs. A keyboard user should sit in such a way that the spine should be against the back of the chair, the shoulders should be relaxed, the elbows should be along the sides of the body, the wrists should be straight and the feet be firmly placed on the floor or on a footrest. The keyboard should be placed within the eye level, so that the neck does not bend over the work. This will help to keep the neck flexible and head remains upright, which maintains circulation and nerve function to the arms and hands. If the office furniture is not ergonomic then it may lead to improper posture, which ultimately lead to Carpal Tunnal Syndrome.

    Another key cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is Forceful usage of fingers and hands. The extra force exerted on the fingers, hands and wrist can lead to repetitive tasks which ultimately leads to Carpal Tunnal Syndrome. The tools and tasks should be designed in such a way that the wrist position is same as that when they are in relaxed position will avoid the risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. There should be no task such that the wrist for long periods stay deviated from side to side or to remain flexed or highly extended.

  8. I do a lot of computer graphics and newsletters. I have suffered a lot of shoulder, back, neck and wrist pains. A friend of mine has a sister who work for Boeing writing technical books and her carpal tunnel syndrome was crippling her. My friend decided to invent an arm support to help his sister out. Since using The True Arm she is back to work and a lot more at ease at doing her job. I myself have no longer any pain since using the arm support.
    Yours truly
    Michel
    http://www.thetruearm.com

  9. New to this blog thing…. I had CTS surgery many years back and it worked wonders. My question, my mom now has it and is considering surgery but is not sure about the traditional or the laser. I had traditional, but it was quite a painful recovery. Any feedback on the laser?

  10. There is a ergonomic arm support out there called The True Arm found at http://www.thetruearm.com. It as been sold to companies such as Boeing, IBM, U.S Government and as proven to be very effective. Please go to the site and see the info.The True Arm is revolutionary in ergonomic support products. It is specifically designed to benefit all computer users including the Physically Challenged computer users on wheel chairs. This uniquely designed ergonomic arm support is the only one of it’s kind in the market that can help alleviate Upper Body Stress Syndrome associated with repetitive motion. Upper Body Stress Syndrome can lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and other Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI).

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