Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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  1. ICUrunning

    ICUrunning On the Iron Path 2+ Year Member

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    Anybody have it themselves or shadowed any dentists who have it? What did you/they do about it?

    I'm feeling some tingling/numbness in my dominant hand due to excessive computer usage. Hopefully its not the beginning of CTS and it doesn't get worse but does anyone have any suggestions on what computer mouse/mousepad is best, computer chair, general ergonomics, etc that would be great.
     
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  3. Datooth

    Datooth 2+ Year Member

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    You should figure out what kind of mouse grip you have and base your mouse choice on that. If you have the money, Herman Miller Aeron is probably the best chair to buy. The chair is worth every penny if you find that you have poor posture or having issues with your back. Also, you should position your computer arm rests to about the same level as your desk / wherever your mouse and keyboard are to keep your wrists in an neutral position. You can also start doing wrists exercises / stretches for some preventative medicine.
     
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    Cello SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    Ergonomics is so important to avoiding CTS. As a cellist, I have seen my fair share of colleagues with CTS and/or tendinitis. The important thing is to keep your wrists straight during strain and/or repetitive motions at all times. There's a reason every musical instrument requires posture which keeps the wrists neutral nearly all the time. However you sit at your computer, be sure that your wrists remain neutral (straight) and don't let them bend at all. I used to be a pro gamer too when I was a teenager and never got CTS despite the heavy music / computer gaming load. I have always kept my wrists straight though. The few times that I didn't was because I had to work on someone else's computer, I have felt my wrists cramping up.
     
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  5. wb1

    wb1 2+ Year Member

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    1. go offline and rest
    2. use a tablet whenever typing is not important
    3. get a soft touch keyboard
    4. use a vertical mouse
     
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    ICUrunning On the Iron Path 2+ Year Member

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    Good stuff. Do you recommend a mousepad with a wrist cushion pad?
     
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    1. Consider counseling for your obvious internet porno addiction
    2. Wear a catcher's mit when typing
    3. Replace hand with chainsaw
    4. Remove wrist (cut out the middle man, amirite?)
    5. Consider using voice commands like: "computer box, please google dirty dirty dirty pornography"
     
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