Blogging and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Blogging and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome




I think I have CTS. At least I feel I have one.

What’s CTS? Carpal tunnel syndrome is a medical condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist causing symptoms like tingling, pain, coldness, and sometimes weakness in parts of the hand. It is the best known of a class of disorders called repetitive strain injuries.


 

I don’t type correctly, mostly using only 2 or 3 fingers on each hand. That could be one thing.

I’m also using a Logitech Marble Mouse. That’s the time when I feel some pain and numbing in my palm and fingers. When that happens, I switch back to my Logitech MX500 but it goes bonkers after prolonged use. The USB port may be too old or something. It has served me well in the last 2.5 years so I guess it’s time to get that new laser mouse, Logitech MX1000.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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14 Responses

  1. kzap says:

    Hey thats my mouse! :)

    Proper ergonomics should help, your keyboard should at the level where your elbows are at a 90 degree angle, your wrists shouldnt be angled up wards, a microsoft natural keyboard really helps, i dont know if they still have them but a lot of CTS people recommend it, there are also wrist excersises that you can do. Also your monitor should be at eye level, you should be looking straight ahead, not up or down and feed should touch the ground.

    But about the mouse, like the keyboard it should be lower than your wrist level at 90 degrees. I love my logitech marble mouse, real stressful using a regular mouse with all the wrist movements.

  2. kzap says:

    *feet should touch the ground

  3. Sassy says:

    one thing i noticed, using a regular keyboard (as against a laptop) is more comfy for the hands and arms. dunno why.

  4. Migs says:

    Because on a laptop, your hands are forced into an unnatural position. One reason to love Lenovo (IBM) Thinkpad – supposed to be the best keyboard!

  5. GAiL says:

    I had CTS symptoms a few months ago…. I had to keep my wrist and my hand bandaged up to leviate the pain (and still be able to work). I’m a designer, not a programmer, so I use the mouse more often than the keyboard. It really helps to have some support under the wrist. I bought a gel pad so I’ll have continuous support on the wrist (ang hirap at first, but when you get used to it, it’s a huge comfort lalo na when working for 8 hours straight). Changing my mouse didn’t exactly do much difference, it was the gel pad that did.

    Well, I guess it varies with people. Sa kin kasi I just felt my new mouse made more precise selections instead of added comfort as compared to getting used to having a gel pad as support for my wrist. I guess it would be different for people who use the keyboard almost as often as the mouse? Oh well. I really won’t know :P But I can tell you from experience that having a gel pad while using the mouse on an average of 8 hours++ a day with practically no rest really makes a huge difference in comfort :)

  6. Nishanth says:

    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.

  7. rahul says:

    Hi
    I am Rahul. i have some problem related to wrist pain i am suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.one of my friends who is also suferred from this two months ago but now he is fine said me to try gripstik.
    he said that he is all fine now by using that machine. please help me in telling that is it good for my wrist chekc it out at
    http://www.gripstik.com

  8. http://www.GardenofHealthBuffalo.com

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a problem affecting many people in todays society. With more and more daily activities involving computers and computer related activities I am seeing more and more patients with CTS. I find that CTS can have multiple origins: 1 – Cervical misalignments 2- Carpal Bone misalignments 3 – Weak extensor muscles. At home try to strengthen the extensor muscles of the forearm and fingers / hand. This will help to stabilize the muscular component and may reduce your symptoms. If you do not find the exercises of good results consult a local chiropractor as I have helped patients avoid Carpal Tunnel Surgery.

  9. Numb Hands says:

    Abe, you should use a carpal tunnel brace. I myself have been having these tingling and numb hands due to wrist strain. You can find a glove that support the palm and the wrist made of plaster material. I now also use scroll mice.

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