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.
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.