An April 2007 article in Microsoft Home Magazine, Protect Your Wrists from Typing, promises to help you “learn to identify the signs of carpal tunnel syndrome from frequent computer use”.
The article relates the story of Joanne Bernard, who was “diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome caused by extensive computer use”, and goes on to discuss the physiology and symptoms of CTS, as well as treatment options and improvements to patients workstation ergonomics that can reduce pain.
Although the article is new, it doesn’t discuss recent findings that carpal tunnel syndrome is not caused by overuse of the hands. The article implies that Bernard’s computer use actually caused her CTS, whereas the new research claims that CTS is caused not by overuse, but by the patient’s own genetics, over which they have no control.
So while the article may not be completely accurate, it does offer good advice for preventing repetitive strain injury (RSI), which is caused by overuse. The tips are pretty standard, but bear repeating:
- improve your workstation ergonomics
- improve your posture
- stretch your neck, hands and wrists
- take frequent breaks
- exercise to stay fit