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Hand FAQ

Question:

We hear a lot about carpal tunnel syndrome when it comes to working with computers. Is it something new? We never heard about it before.

Answer:

Carpal tunnel syndrome, irritation of the nerve that runs from the arm, through the wrist, to the hand, has been around for as long as humans have done repetitive work. Some occupations or hobbies may be obvious contributors to the problem, such as writers, but many others that don't seem so obvious may as well, such as: Cashiers Assembly line workers Seamstresses or tailors Mechanics Musicians Bakers (particularly decorating cakes, for example) Hobbies, such as knitting, cause many knitters to have to put down their craft. So, it's not a new problem, but definitely one that has come to the forefront, with the advent of computers and all that come with them. Scott D. Lifches, MD, et al. Intra- and Inter-Examiner Variability in Performing Tinel's Test. In Journal of Hand Surgery. February 2010. Vol. 35. No. 2. Pp. 212-216.

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