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Re: Repetitive Strain Injury

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Melissa Enderle (melissae)
Mon, 22 Mar 1999 20:01:52 -0600


>It's "Repetitive Strain Injury".
>
>This sort of injury is becoming more and more common especially among
>computer users. It can be a devastating permanent injury if you aren't
>careful.
An added warning. Repetitive Strain Injuries such as Carpal Tunnel and
Ulnar Nerve Syndrome are to be taken very seriously - at any age level. I
began experiencing symptoms my last year of college and had surgery on
both wrists and both elbows my first year of teaching. The doctor I was
seeing at the time (an orthopedic specialist) for some reason had the
notion that very young people couldn't get carpal tunnel, even though I
had some of the classic signs including numbness and tingling in my
fingers, moderate to severe pain in the wrist and elbows, and more
frequent sudden dropping of objects. It got so bad that in order to sign
a check, I had to move my right hand with my left through the motions. I
did end up seeing a hand specialist, but I believe that if I had been
taken seriously right away, I might not have permanent damage. Don't
ignore the symptoms and be assertive!

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