About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

About.com recently posted a new (or at least updated) article about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: “Carpal tunnel syndrome, often abbreviated CTS, is a chronic condition in which nerve compression in the wrist leads to abnormal sensations, pain, or loss of function in parts of the hand. Find out if you’re at risk for this condition associated with repetitive movements of the hands and wrists.”

The article discusses the possible causes and symptoms of CTS, how it is diagnosed, how it is treated, and how carpal tunnel syndrome can be prevented. This is good, concise introduction to the subject. For more details, refer to The Basics of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (also from About.com).

Randy Rasa

Randy is an engineer/programmer/web designer who has suffered from repetitive strain injury off and on for over a decade.

4 Comments:

  1. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a pinched nerve (called the Median nerve) in the wrist. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the inflammatory disorder that is caused due to repetitive stress, physical injury or any other condition that causes the tissues around the median nerve to inflated.

    Actually carpal tunnel is a small canal or tunnel runs from the forearm through the wrist. Bones form three walls of the tunnel, which are bridged by strong, broad ligament.The median nerve passes through this tunnel, which actually supplies feeling to the thumb, index, and ring fingers, the nine tendons that flex the fingers and also provides function for the thenar muscles, which are actually the muscles at the base of the thumb.

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is also categorized as repetitive stress injuries, cumulative trauma disorder, overuse syndromes, chronic upper limb pain syndrome, or repetitive motion disorders which are all associated generally with repetitive and forceful use of the hands that damages the muscles and bones.

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  2. 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 exponentially 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%
    naoi .. in and of itself ……. 75%

  3. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Causes:

    The Carpal Tunnel Syndrome causes are difficult to be determined as it is difficult to say that the primary cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is whether due to work conditions or due to underlying medical problems. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be found mostly in adult as most of the adult are working. CTS, then, is very likely to be associated with the work place whether or not it is actually caused by the work itself. Indeed, cases of work-related CTS are more. As for some studies, more than half of the Carpal Tunnal Syndrome cases are due to workplace factors and others which are few CTS cases are actually caused by the job conditions. In a study, obesity, diabetes, hypothyroidism, and arthritis occurred in the majority of people who are having work-associated Carpal Tunnal Syndrome. Such conditions are main causes of carpal tunnel disorder. In many cases of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occur from a combination of factors, like predisposing medical condition exacerbated by work stress and psychological and social stressors. In many Carpal Tunnal Syndrome cases the cause of the disorder cannot be discovered.

  4. 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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