RSI Wrap is a periodic publication of RSI-Relief.com, featuring the latest news and information on Repetitive Strain Injury prevention, support, and recovery, as well as coverage of ergonomics and issues such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and other related conditions.
Here is your RSI news wrap for April 2013:
Carpal tunnel cases need prompt treatment
“Recognizing the symptoms may lead to early diagnosis, which can help prevent irreversible nerve damage. It is important to seek medical attention if you develop upper-extremity discomfort, numbness or weakness to rule out potentially serious causes and to avoid permanent nerve injury if the cause is carpal tunnel syndrome.” [link]
The Great UGLee Pen- an Ergonomic Pen
“The UGLee Pen was designed for every hand, from big to small. It doesn’t matter if you write all day or if you only write for five minutes a day. After using the Ultimate Grip Pen by Dr. Lee, you will never want to use another pen again. If you do not love the pen, send it back and Dr. Lee will give you 100% of your money back, guaranteed!” [link]
Can Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Be Treated?
“Learn the causes, symptoms and treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome. The hand is a complex group of structures including numerous nerves, bones, tendons and muscles. All of this is contained within a small space. If swelling results from specific or frequent movements or other medical conditions, pressure may be put on the median nerve causing pain.” [link]
Combimouse Combines Your Mouse and Keyboard Into One Brilliant Device
The Combimouse, is the first freestanding product to combine a keyboard and mounse into one seamless device: “The Combimouse works exactly how you’d think a computer mouse and keyboard combination should work. The left unit is stationary with a scroll wheel and some multimedia keys, while the right unit serves as the mouse and the other half of the keyboard.” [link]
Does Repetitive Movement Cause Carpal Tunnel Pain?
“I have seen studies that say, no, repetitive movement doesn’t cause pain in the carpal tunnel area. But there wasn’t enough information for me to know the position and posture of the subjects in the study. If you use good body positioning you will be lots less likely to have carpal tunnel pain regardless of your shape or size.” [link]
Using Massage for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: You Shouldn’t Just Focus on the Wrist
“Reduced use of the hand, ice, and anti-inflammatory drugs can all help, but massage can also help significantly in treating carpal tunnel. However, having pain in your fingers and wrist does not mean that the problem is inherently in your wrist. As the nerves are connected all the way up your arm and into your neck, the constriction can occur anywhere between your wrist and your neck muscles.” [link]
Are ergonomic keyboards really that ergonomic?
An interesting forum discussion: “I’ve been using cheap keyboards for all my life ($20 expendables), but occasionally when typing I get a bit of wrist pain (not really even a pain, just annoying sort of discomfort). I was looking at getting something like this (a split keyboard), but I’ve heard mixed reports on whether they actually help (and if they reduce the possibility of carpal tunnel syndrome and whatever). For anyone that has used these, are they more comfortable/better?” [link]
Predicting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
From the Wall Street Journal: “People with short, wide hands and square-shaped wrists may be more prone to carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful condition of the hands and wrists that often develops in workers who perform repetitive hand motions, says a study in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.” [link]