WRIST PAIN www.gotophysio.com CAUSES/RISK FOR WARNING SIGNS COMPUTER USERS C arpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is The first symptom is generally one of the most common and numbness and tingling (pins and potentially disabling injuries Resting your wrist on the work needles) in the palm, the thumb, experienced in today’s office settings surface or wrist rest when using index, middle and half of the ring where computer work in intensive. Your the keyboard or mouse. Studies finger knowledge of symptoms, and potential show that pressure applied to the causes can help you avoid injuries, or aid underside of the carpal tunnel is Pain and aching in the same area in the recovery from this and other transferred into the tunnel itself. of the hand as the numbness and common Repetitive Strain injuries (RSIs). Pressure within the tunnel doubles tingling may also occur, with with a wrist rest compared with some radiation up into the forearm The median nerve travels from the forearm floating the hands over a keyboard Awakening with a tingling into you hand through a “tunnel” on the Using the keyboard or mouse with sensation and the need to “shake underside of your wrist. Wrist bones form wrist bent backwards, rather than out” the hands to recover normal the bottom and sides of this tunnel, and a being straight. Typing with the sensation strong band of connective tissue called a wrist bent backwards by about 80 ligament covers the top of the tunnel. This degrees from the arm can increase Hands falling asleep tunnel also contains nine tendons that your risk of developing CTS Cold hands connect muscles to bones and bend your significantly fingers and thumb. These tendons are More than two hours of computer Difficulty performing tasks such covered with a lubricating membrane use per day or binge computer use. as holding a cup, turning pages in called synovium, which may enlarge and (deadlines, reports, projects) a book, turning a door knob. swell under certain conditions. If the Lack of frequent, regular rest swelling is sufficient it may cause the breaks median nerve to be pressed up against the Poor posture strong ligament which may result in numbness, tingling in your hand, clumsiness or pain in the palm and base of the thumb. Incorrect keyboard and/or mouse height or positioning Stretching and twisting to reach keys or mouse while your wrists M ost RSI’s are preventable or curable if caught and addressed early. The key is to notice trouble when it starts, and do something about it. In general, the more intense and are anchored on a wrist frequent the symptoms, and the longer rest/desktop they last, the more serious your injury is likely to be. If you think you are starting to develop CTS, see your physiotherapist for positioning advice, strengthening and posture exercises, and treatments.