From The Ergoweb® Learning Center

Sorting Through the Facts of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Think only computer jockeys get Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)? According to the Center for the Advancement of Health, that’s not the case. In a June, 2004 report, the Center noted that a previous study of computer users who spent seven or more hours each day pounding away at the keyboard found no significantly higher incidence of CTS for study participants than were found in the general population. And this leads the Center, along with other experts, to agree that CTS may not be as related to repetitive movements like typing as was once thought.

Consider the following: women are more apt to develop CTS than men. Cigarette smokers, adults between the ages of 41 and 60 and obese people may all be prime candidates for CTS. “Psychological distress” may impact the risk of developing CTS, and other factors like breathing rate, muscular tension and the angle at which the wrists are positioned while performing a task like typing may all be contributing factors to the development of the condition. Plus, the diagnosis of CTS can be a complex one