RSI Wrap, March 2013

RSI WrapRSI Wrap is a periodic publication of, featuring the latest news and information on Repetitive Strain Injury prevention, support, and recovery, as well as coverage of ergonomics and issues such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and other related conditions.

Here is your RSI news wrap for March 2013:

Is It Really Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Hand IllustrationTwo related articles from Dr Davis’ Back & Wrist Pain Blog, discussing issues related to hand pain and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

— Is It Really Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? “Only a small percentage of patients that present with carpal tunnel SYMPTOMS actually have carpal tunnel SYNDROME.” [link]

— Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Hand Numbness: “This month’s focus centers around the common question, ‘….where is this numbness coming from?'” [link]

How to Cost-Justify Ergonomic Improvements

“Many ergonomic improvements can be implemented with low capital expenditures. However, when an ergonomic improvement requires a larger capital expenditure, cost can become a barrier to implementation. In these situations, it’s important to make a compelling business case for the ergonomic improvement using cost justification to prove a return on investment (ROI).” [via Ergonomics Plus]

TECK Ergonomic Computer Keyboard Review

TECKA review of the TECK (“Truly Ergonomic Computer Keyboard”): “I won’t sugarcoat the difficulty of the initial learning curve: it’s brutal. If you buy a keyboard like this, you’re going to need to plan on a solid three or four days minimum before you can start to approach your previous efficiency. Give it another week or two, though, and as with most things it becomes mostly second nature.” [link]

New technology furthers carpal tunnel research

“Researchers at the University of Wisconsin are one step closer to finding a cure for carpal tunnel syndrome through the use of video technology to record and analyze workers’ upper body movements. They hope the research will ultimately lead to a tool that companies can use all over the world to help prevent injuries in the workplace.” [via Wisconsin-Madison Badger Herald]

The Carpal Tunnel Helpbook

The Carpal Tunnel Helpbook“There are more than 500,000 carpal tunnel surgeries done annually in the United States but approximately 30 percent of these patients will be no better as a result. The truth is, most physicians are too quick to consider surgery as the first line of defense against carpal tunnel and other repetitive-strain injuries. In this comprehensive guide to recognizing and treating these debilitating conditions, Dr. Scott Fried takes a strong position against surgery and offers self-healing alternatives that have better results.” [link]

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Minimally Invasive Surgery Works

“Minimally invasive surgery can help selected patients with disabling neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (NTOS), according to results from a new study published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery. Investigators showed that NTOS surgery is especially helpful to adolescents compared with adults.” [via Medscape]

Levitating Mouse Will Reportedly Help With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

LevitatingMouse“The goal of The Bat is to create a mouse that floats which according to the design team, will help prevent and treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The base of the mouse will feature a magnetic ring that will allow the mouse to float about 40mm when not in use, and at 10mm when you place your hand on it.” [link]

Top 5 Ergonomic Products for People Who Work From Home

“Working from home offers tremendous flexibility in several ways. In many cases, people who work from home get to make their own working hours, enjoy freedom from direct oversight, and, perhaps most importantly, they get to choose their own office furniture and decor. These are a few of my favorite ergonomic office products I like to recommend to people working from home.” [link]

Randy Rasa

Randy is an engineer/programmer/web designer who has suffered from repetitive strain injury off and on for over a decade.

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