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Remember Your Posture Infront Of The Computer
Posted July 8th, 2009 4 Comments
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Carpal Tunnel SyndromeCarpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), or median neuropathy at the wrist, is a medical condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist, leading to paresthesias, numbness and muscle weakness in the hand.

If you’re at risk of developing CTS you’ve probably been in a similar situation to the following: You’re working at your desk, trying to ignore the tingling or numbness you’ve had for some time in your hand and wrist. Suddenly, a sharp, piercing pain shoots through the wrist and up your arm. Just a passing cramp? More likely you have carpal tunnel syndrome.The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway of ligament and bones at the base of your hand. It contains nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the nerve to be compressed. Symptoms usually start gradually. As they worsen, grasping objects can become difficult.

What causes the problem? Some people have smaller carpal tunnels than other people do. Other causes include performing assembly line work, wrist injury, or swelling due to certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Women are three times more likely to have carpal tunnel syndrome than men. Treatment includes resting your hand, splints, pain and anti-inflammatory medicines, and surgery.

For those of you who are involved with a lot of computer work, it is important to remember that wrong use of the mouse and keyboard CAN result in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome! Below I’ve added a few pictures that display the correct and the incorrect postures for keyboard and mouse usage.

Find more information about CTS at Wikipedia.

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  • On July 8, 2009 at 1:08 pm
    Karin wrote:

    Thanks for the great info. I’m not a slugger at keeping the correct posture either, but this will make me more aware of it.

  • On July 13, 2009 at 7:47 am
    Flick wrote:

    Oooh – I really like this article! I’ve just had to pass my relatively ‘new’ mouse onto a relative with larger hands as it was giving me wrist aches (my hand posture was akin to that in the top left of the first image) Am definitely going to see what I can do to better my posture at work as well.

  • On July 14, 2009 at 2:51 pm
    Thorsten wrote:

    Flick, posture is all that counts if you want to avoid problems in the future ;) Make sure you find a mouse that fits your hand perfectly.

  • On August 7, 2009 at 8:41 am
    Gina wrote:

    Thank you for sharing Mister. I definitely need to reconsider my posture as well.

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