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Does Typing on the Computer Cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Published on November 11, 2016

The short answer to this question is… maybe.

Research studies are split between whether or not computer use contributes to carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). What we do know is that many factors are associated with CTS besides computer use. In the work setting, there is good evidence that high-demand repetitive use or vibration activities are risk factors for CTS. Other conditions include obesity, diabetes, thyroid disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, and pregnancy. Usually a patient will have many risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome and therefore it is difficult to pinpoint one primary factor.

Regardless, there are healthy ergonomic habits that can be employed at the office desk that may help improve carpal tunnel symptoms. Keeping the wrists from hyperextending can relieve pressure on the nerve and tendons of the hand. Gel pads at the base of the keyboard or mouse pad to support the wrist are helpful for this. Taking short breaks from sustained computer can be helpful as well.

If you are concerned that you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, please contact our office today at 832-232-HAND (4263) to see how we can help.