Helge: I've a concern for geeks and those who are on their keyboards every single day for hours and hours. I happen to be one of those, and there are millions and millions more.
When a person has Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, inflammation in the wrist area can cause pain on the median nerve. The median nerve actually is not the nerve that runs across your elbow. That is the ulnar nerve.
Helge: I've been reading the Mediracer questionary for screening and early determination of CTS. I've no reason to be concerned, yet, but I know crafts people who most probably are suffering CTS.
So if you are getting shooting pains in one or both of your elbows (and many people experience this at night when they are no longer on the computer) you might be suffering from a repetitive strain injury, but not carpal tunnel syndrome.
Helge: Repetitive strain injury (RSI).
The ulnar nerve also controls the two small fingers on your hand; therefore, you may be experiencing weakness in your two small fingers. One cause of this can be resting your wrists on a wrist pain that is not soft enough.
Helge: In Helsinki this week I did follow the use of Mediracer. The measurement and diagnosis only takes a few minutes. A occupational health nurse could conduct 2 to 3 mediracings in an hour.
Experts recommend either no wrist pad or if necessary, than a gel wrist pain. resting your wrists on a hard surface can pinch the median nerve at the wrist area. Rest breaks every 20 minutes when on the computer are VERY important.
Just try taking a 45 second break every 20 minutes for a week. When you take this break, puts your hands together in pray position and tilt your fingertips away from you and downward (gently). Hold for 5 seconds and repeat until you’ve rested for 45 seconds. After a week see if your symptoms have improved.
Disclaimer: We [The bloggers, neither myself; I'm a blogger writing about CTS, medical electronics, measurements, biotechnology and technical innovations] are not medical professionals and this information is not to be used as medical advice. If you are in pain, seek the care of a physician."