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Avoiding Carpal Tunnel at Work


A college friend once went on a Blackberry hiatus as a result of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I'm not even kidding- all her rapid texting had inflamed her tendons. That got me thinking about all the typing and texting we do on a daily basis. Now, this friend of mine was an aid to the President of the United Sates, so I figured her texting was a bit extreme. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that many of us spend huge chunks of the day with our hands flying over the keyboard or hovered over the mouse. So, I thought I put together a few tips for avoiding the fate of my friend- after all, who could survive without texting prowess?

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel:

  • Numbness or tingling in your fingers or hands
  • Weakness in your hands
  • Pain in your hands or wrists

Tips for Avoiding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

Like most things in life, it's far better to be proactive and protect against future injury. If you work on a computer every day, take the necessary precautions to stay injury-free.

Dealing with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

More and more computer workers are complaining of tingling, pain, or numbness in their fingers and hands. Often, they are the first signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is when the tendons running from the forearm to the hand become inflamed and compress the median nerve (a main nerve in the [...]

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Making your Laptop Ergo-Savvy

We all know that laptops are awesome- these days they are compact, lightweight, and durable. They go where we go- they're man's new best friend. However, laptops kill our posture and make us strain to use them. Here are some problems you will face with your laptop, coupled with a solution.ProblemKeyboard & [...]

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Tips to Prevent RSI (Repetitive Stress Injuries)

We’ve all heard of carpal tunnel syndrome and words like “blackberry thumb” or “gamers thumb.” If you aren’t familiar with these terms, obviously blackberry thumb is the over and continual use of your Blackberry! Gamers Thumb happens often to people who play video games constantly and use their thumb in the same repetitive [...]

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Why & How to choose an ergonomic keyboard

Why should I use an ergonomic keyboard?More and more workers are sitting in front of the computer for hours at a time. Sitting in a fairly static position like that puts untold amounts of strain on your neck, shoulders, back, eyes, and even hands and wrists. Therefore, it's important to consider good ergonomic [...]

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Will My Sore Wrist Develop Into Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

If you're experiencing pain and discomfort in one or both of your wrists and are worried that it may develop into carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) it's most important to first determine the exact root of the problem, and then set about the task of treating it before it has a chance to evolve into something [...]

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When To Leave Work Due to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

More and more people are leaving or staying home from work due to carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS due to the symptoms they suffer. In 1995 alone, around $270 million was spent on illness days for these patients to get some relief away from the workplace. CTS evolves in the wrist where bones [...]

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Tips for Choosing & Using an Ergonomic Mouse

How many emails do you send a day? How many windows do you open and close in the course of working 8 hours? How many Facebook updates or tweets do you post? More than likely a lot. The fact of the matter is that even when 5 o'clock comes round, most [...]

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Choosing & Using a Wrist Rest

There has been some debate over wrist rests and whether they do more harm than good. The question really comes back to proper usage, as do most ergonomic questions. If, for example, you buy a a travel pillow and then cock your head awkwardly to use it, it's not really the pillow that [...]

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Tips for Keyboard & Mouse Placement

Improper placement of your keyboard and mouse is one of the most common ergonomic mistakes made. It's your shoulders, back, and hands/wrists that receive the consequences. As a matter of fact, many computer users are struggling with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a repetitive stress injury due to improper use of the hands and wrists [...]

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