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Fixin' Healthcare

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Misdirected Conclusions

It does help to know the cause of something in order to prevent it and avoid improper treatment.

The notion is widespread that carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by prolonged computer use. That conclusion has generated sales of computer accessory products to prevent and relieve the condition. And, I'm certain there have been workers compensation awards based upon that assumption. The Harvard Medical School reports that computer use up to seven hours daily does not increase risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Computer Use Does Not Cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: "A new Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School refutes the common assumption that computer use causes carpal tunnel syndrome. Instead, says this report edited by Harvard-based hand experts, carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by the compression of the median nerve in the wrist. This compression may occur because of heredity, body weight, fracture, or even pregnancy-but not computer use. "

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