Excessive Typing causes Health Problems ?
1 Jul 07
My mum used to be a secretary many years ago, and i can remember her having to get an operation on her wrists. I think it was called RSI. But i not sure what it stands for or if you see it much any more. But thats all i really know about. Best wishes to you, senthil
2 Jul 07
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), often called Overuse Syndrome, is a very common problem caused by work with keyboards. RSI is caused by overexertion of the muscles of the hands and lower arms. The symptoms are the following: muscle fatigue, tightening and stiffening of the muscles, inflammation of tendons and nervous, and even loss of sensation. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is caused by repeated movements involving the wrist, such as typing. The carpal tunnel is a "tunnel" formed by bones and ligaments of the wrist under the skin of the palm side. A nerve called the median nerve runs through this tunnel. When repeated motions of the wrist inflame and narrow the carpal tunnel, extra pressure on the median nerve can cause its irritation and damage. People affected with CTS often feel numbness and tingling in the first three fingers of the hand and part of the palm. Some also experience pain in the wrist, hand, or fingers.
• United States
4 Jul 07
Tendonitus is a painful inflamation of your tendons caused by overuse. The pain occurs when you use the muscle to which the tendon is attached. Repetitive motion aggravates the condition and should your tendons rupture the damage could be traumatic and take a very long time to heal. A lot of tests are required to determine if your condition is tendonitus. The symptoms are similar to carpal tunnel if the pain is located in your arms, wrists, or shoulders. Symptoms are also very similar to a condition called bursitus. Most generally immobilization of your affected area and injections of anti-imflammatory meds help a great deal with the pain.
9 Jul 07
Hi senthil2K, I'm a secretary by trade and agree with all of your responders. My advice (and one that is given out to most typists/secretaries in the UK) is to take a 5 - 10 minute break every hour. Literally getting up from the pc and walking around, doing some small exercises with your hands to loosen them up also helps. Get a good comfortable chair, the knee ones are the best as it keeps your back straight, padded wrist cushions for both the keyboard and the mouse are also adviseable - hope this helps.
5 Jul 07
Excessive typing does cause health problems. I have such experiences like having a wrist ache and bottom ache from typing and sitting too long. And the ache won't go away easily until days after. My eyes get hurt as well from looking too long at the screem while typing. So it is better not to stay too long at computer.
4 Jul 07
Yeah I heard of such a thing. But they say it's due to the positioning of your fingers. That's why they invented this movable keyboard. I forgot it's name. But it was made to reduce the stress of the fingers and hands from the usual type of keyboard where they say hands are stressed.
• United States
1 Jul 07
It can cause a nerve problem in your hands called Carpel Tunnel syndrome. It occurs when you do repetitive movement of any kind. Fluid builds up in the wrists putting pressure on the nerves running through there. It causes cramping and tingling through the hand and often up the arm to the elbow. Severe cases may require surgery. It can be prevented by not doing thing repetitively, exercising and stretching your hands often while doing repetitive things and proper hand positioning while doing repetitive things. Other less thought of side effects from spending a lot of time typing would be back problems because of a non supportive chair, water retention, poor circulation and blood clots from staying in a seated position for hours, and weight gain also from sitting for long hours and from eating less healthy but convenient food while sitting at the computer.