Harvard finds carpal tunnel not a serious risk for PC users

By Justin Mann on December 14, 2005, 10:23 AM
A lurking issue that all PC users face is ergonomics and the impact our computers have on our bodies. Long-hours office users and hardcore gamers both face the dangers associated with carpal tunnel syndrome and muscle fatigue. However, according to a recent study at Harvard, that just isn't the case. According to the study, using a computer for up to seven hours a day does not increase the risk that a particular individual will develop any problems.

The study did list other causes for it such as weight, tiny fractures, posture and others, and expanded the realm of damage far beyond the scope of the hands. Though probably any user here can relate to fatigue from long hours of computer use, CTS may be one less thing we have to worry about, besides future upgrade costs.

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rob2000 said:
im curious at the data and number of people tested. cause my wrists and hands will often hurt like hell from gaming or long keyboard hours. i even have the ergo keyboard but not much better. oh well
mentaljedi said:
I'm sure it damages the eyes, but i don't think it damages the hands. The amount of people must be large for sucg a radical idea to bear fruit though it is Harvard so i'm not going to argue until i get into the university. Better wait a few more years then...
enasni said:
This is quite true but I havent gained any weight from being on the computer, I still got my six-pack.The wrist fracture thing is somewhat of a concern though because I got a bad wrist from a car wreck.Thanks harvard for the heads up.
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