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Offline roblg3

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RSI PSA
« on: November 03, 2014, 06:23 PM »
Looks like I won't be tickling the ivories for a little....just a little reminder for all of you that work with your hands for a living, please take precautions to avoid repetitive stress injuries and take action early. This is my 2nd carpal tunnel surgery on the same hand. This brings the surgery count to 7 because I had no idea that my work could cause permanent damage to the structures on the inside. I have learned so much about how to prevent these RSI, hit me up. I can help you so you don't have to go through what I've had to.
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Re: RSI PSA
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2014, 10:31 PM »
Sorry you had to go through that - again!

Take care of yourself and get well soon...
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Re: RSI PSA
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2014, 12:09 PM »
Looks like I won't be tickling the ivories for a little....just a little reminder for all of you that work with your hands for a living, please take precautions to avoid repetitive stress injuries and take action early. This is my 2nd carpal tunnel surgery on the same hand. This brings the surgery count to 7 because I had no idea that my work could cause permanent damage to the structures on the inside. I have learned so much about how to prevent these RSI, hit me up. I can help you so you don't have to go through what I've had to.

I'd like to know any tips you have to prevent RSI.  I already have issues from using the computer at my office job.  I stopped video gaming a while back, which helped, but my symptoms still come and go, especially when I don't take regular typing breaks at work.  All the doctor ever tells me is to cut back on my computer use and take Aleve.
« Last Edit: November 04, 2014, 12:11 PM by Rob »

Offline Alex

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Re: RSI PSA
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2014, 12:20 PM »
I hope this reliefs our problem and you heal well. But what did you do to get such extensive RSI problems if I may ask?

My mouse hand feels a bit strange from time to time, makes me worry about RSI too. I spend more time behind the computer than I should. 

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Re: RSI PSA
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2014, 05:21 PM »
I can point to the#1 thing that killed me more than anything was driving 16 penny framing  nails in 2 hits with a large heavy framing hammer.  #2 rough running orbital sanders and #3 reciprocating saws(sawzalls).  The absolute best thing I've ever found to counter the problem....swallow pride, followed closely by anti-vibration carpal tunnel gloves.  The best I've found are made by "Impacto".  Available at Amazon.  I buy loyally from them now.  I don't like the thermo wrap wrist slide one though.  If you're wearing the drug store version of the night time wrist guards, put the antivibe gloves on first, they lift that stupid spoon off the nerve and make the braces effective for moderate symptoms.  Computer users I suggest getting your keyboard up high where your forearm is parallel to the floor and keep your wrists as straight as possible.  Resting the base of the palm of your hand on those gel rests is a negative unless it keeps the back of your hand in roughly the dame plane as the topside of the parallel forearm.  Texting with your thumbs is a huge!! No no.  It's the fastest way to introduce the electrical feeling into my fingers.  I have found that the smaller diameter drinking glasses are less irritating.  I have begun to wrap every tool with damping wrap.  Again available from Impacto.  I go to factory website, get the item number, then search Amazon using the number and find exactly what I m looking for.  It's counterintuitive, but try not to oversqueeze your grip.  I am always finding that my grip is waaaay stronger than needed to control the tool.  Any time you have the same pain for 3+ days, you have a problem that is not going to get better without help.  Some NSAIDS seem to work better for different people.  I would suggest  talking with an orthopedist if you have recurring pain,swelling and heat in a joint.  Some script strength nsaids are far superior to any thing available otc.  In conclusion, lighten up on your grip, try to keep your hand,wrist,forearm in line and do your best to lessen impact and vibration, even if it means choking up on the hammer and taking a couple extra swings.  The absolute best thing I have found are the anti vibe/ carpal tunnel gloves made by impacto, and thin damping wrap.
If you have elbow issues, try to get rid the T type drills.  More traditional pistol or C forms put less torque into the elbow and offer more grip options anyway.  A little strange to get used to, but a HUGE difference maker for me!  This is probably obvious, but no one ever told me, avoid EVER running jackhammer.  ESPECIALLY without as much padding, damping and safety equipment as you can find.  One thing I constantly forget is ice 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off over 2 hours in the evening can work wonders.
« Last Edit: November 04, 2014, 05:33 PM by roblg3 »
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Offline Billedis

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Re: RSI PSA
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2014, 06:18 PM »
Get well soon, and thank you for all the valuable information.  Bill