Monday, March 12, 2007

Avoiding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Measuring CTS through carpal tunnel pressure ...

"A group of human factors/ergonomics researchers have conducted the first study that systematically identifies how one contributor to carpal tunnel syndrome -- carpal tunnel pressure -- can be examined in detail to establish limits on how much a wrist can be flexed before nerve damage sets in.

In work involving the hands, whether using a computer or a hammer, the wrist is a vulnerable spot. Repeated or sustained bending and flexing can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

A group of human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) researchers from the University of California at San Francisco and McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, have conducted the first study that systematically identifies how one contributor to CTS -- carpal tunnel pressure -- can be examined in detail to establish limits on how much a wrist can be flexed before nerve damage sets in.

The researchers believe their findings could be used to create simple guidelines to help workers avoid wrist postures that are likely to cause nerve trauma. The findings from their study appear in a paper in the February issue of Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society."    (Continued via ScienceDaily)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Robert Irizarry said...

Very interesting read! My interest in ergonomics is focused on the guitar but I think these findings could benefit not only workers but musicians as well. I see potential value in considering these findings when looking at issues of guitar design and technique.

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