RSI ~ Carpal Tunnel ~ Back Pain ~ Neck Pain ~ CTD

Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI) are not new. Before office machines, accounting clerks suffered unusually severe cramping in their hands which eventually lead to permanent disfigurement.

Pianists and other musicians have suffered similar ailments from hours of practicing to the extent that by the time a promising student was ready to perform, he was often already so afflicted that his professional career was over before it began.

Today, children with an aptitude for computers may never get to reach their potential because of hours of damaging keyboarding. Even video games are doing their share of damage.

What are the warning signs? How can RSI be prevented? What do you do if you're already in so much pain that working becomes impossible?

It is important that potential sufferers be aware that the prevention of RSI may be simply one of finding a comfortable and efficient posture and maintaining a balance of movements while you work.

NOTE: Decisions concerning the alleviation of pain and the treatment of chronic conditions should be made with the assistance of qualified medical personnel. The possibilities of serious complications and permanent disability are too great to disregard.

Computer Related Injury

Computer Related Repetitive Strain Injury The research and personal experiences of Paul Marxhausen is both informative and inspirational.

comp.human-factors/HCI. This is a list of the most frequently asked questions and answers culled from the newsgroup comp.human-factors. It is a recommended reading to all those who wish to post to the group. Check it out.

Dangerous Work - Repetitive Strain Injury at MIT. "It can start with a stiff feeling in your fingers, or maybe a loss of strength in one hand. Subtle as they may be, these symptoms often signal the onset of a serious medical problem. If ignored, that problem can eventually lead to loss of the ability to type, or even of use of a hand at all. The subtle progression from a chronic ache to a serious permanent injury is only one of the factors that make repetitive strain injuries such a danger..."

This site has become a magnet for ergonomic informatiom. It's a good starting point for information about RSIs. Amara's RSI Page. An essay in depth on the causes, misery and cures for RSI [repetitive stress injury].

Deborah Quilter's helps to alleviate some of the anxiety felt when you discover you may have RSI. "Sometimes people feel discouraged as they face hard questions, such as: How will I live if I must quit my job? Who will care for my children if I can no longer shop, do laundry and cook? Why don't people believe I'm injured? Resolving these situations may be difficult, but don't give up hope. Recovery requires patience and work; however, much progress is possible to motivated people."

"Making health and safety a top priority", the topic of an independent article, Toni Will-Harris has written Computer Health & Safety. She provides the straightforward truth about the effects of "mouse arm" and other cummulative trauma disorders and solutions available to potential sufferer of RSI.
Typing Injuries FAQ by Dan Wallach and Scott Wright. In Dan's words, "The TIFAQ is targeted at computer users suffering at the hands of their equipment. You'll find pointers to resources all across the net, general information on injuries, and detailed information on numerous adaptive products."

Intervention for Prevention / Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cornell/Honeywell Keyboard Systems Study. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) has been linked to using computer keyboards in ways that force the wrist back during typing and resting. Repeated extremes of wrist extension can put excessive pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel of the wrist, and this impairs nerve function and eventually results in injury. Human Factors research at Cornell is investigating ways of working with the wrists in a neutral posture to help to prevent CTS.

Donald W. Fohrman & Associates, Ltd: A Chicago based law firm nationally recognized for their efforts to educate and assist Carpal Tunnel Syndrome victims.

Anyone worried about the effects of virtual reality should visit this site: Safety Considerations for Current and Future VR Applications. All of the adverse reactions to VR may be classified under the term Cyberpathology. Reported adverse reactions include physical pathologies (RSI, immersion injury, and transmittable disease) and cybersickness (visual, neural, and psychological effects). Very comprehensive.

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