Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Women and Carpal Tunnel Pain

CTS with a focus on women ...

"Women, age 30 to 60, are three times as likely as men to suffer from carpal tunnel pain and thirty percent of pregnant women will suffer from this problem during their third trimester due to hormonal changes and fluid retention.

How does CTS effect women?
• A woman’s smaller bone structure means a smaller carpal tunnel – and a higher risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
• Women aged 30-60 are three times more likely than men to suffer CTS.
• 30% of pregnant women will experience CTS during their third trimester due to the accumulation of fluids in the body. (National Institute of Health)
• Hormonal changes in women, such as menopause, often lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
• Office desks are often designed for men, but women are the ones doing more repetitive tasks such as computer work. This can contribute to higher repetitive stress injuries in women.
• Increasing the use of a keyboard from 1 to 4 hours per day increases the chance of experiencing CTS from 45% to 92%. (National Center for Health Statistics)
• Most CTS wrist devices on the market are not designed with comfort in mind. The Smart Glove is made of soft, breathable material that fits gently over the wrist, providing the most comfortable and soothing pain relief system available.
• A controlled study conducted by the US Postal Service found a 50% decrease in carpal tunnel pain by using the IMAK Smart Glove."   (Continued via PRWeb)            [Ergonomics Resources]

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