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Old 15 Dec 2005, 05:06 AM   #1
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Default Does the keyboard cause "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome"?

Your wrists may hurt after a long day at the computer, but your ailment isn't likely to be carpal tunnel syndrome.

Contrary to popular belief, heavy computer use--up to seven hours a day--does not increase the risk that a person will develop carpal tunnel syndrome, according to a report issued Wednesday by the Harvard Medical School.

That's because the wrist ailment, which surged into public consciousness in the 1990s, typically arises from factors such as heredity, body weight, fractures and pregnancy. It does not stem from repetitive stress, the report said.

Office workers can put themselves in harm's way, however, because of improper computer use and other workplace conditions that could provoke repetitive stress injuries. Pain from poor posture isn't limited to the hands; it can also affect the neck, shoulders and other parts of the body.

Carpal tunnel syndrome affects between 2 percent and 3 percent of the population, and almost twice as many women as men, the Harvard report said. It occurs when one of the three major nerves that travel from the spinal cord to the hand becomes pinched.
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Old 15 Dec 2005, 05:22 AM   #2
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I'll be sure and tell my bud the architect that, he spent 5-6 hours a day
for 10 yrs on design computers, operations in both wrists, he quit
and started his own company so he could do more of the overhead
work off the computer. I am sure the insurance companies funded the
study. Skeptical in my old age, even of Harvard.

clue: who's at keyboards all day more, men or women?
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Old 15 Dec 2005, 05:31 AM   #3
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"clue: who's at keyboards all day more, men or women?"
Men, with the exception of cynthia.
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Old 15 Dec 2005, 05:48 AM   #4
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data entry employees mostly, and you've exposed an old hippy, tree hugging,
zpg, cwrightmills/rad soc., anti-corp american, power elite theory, candles in the rain, etc.

who coined the phrase "military industrial complex"?
hint my boyhood hero in cornbelt america

i guess my give a damn's not busted after all

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There may be other repetative motions associated with computer time that are lumped into the carpal tunnel thing, ya know.
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