Supporter Squeezed McCain's Hand Too Much, Spokeswoman Says. Politics is hard work.
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Republican Sen. John McCain's wife has been treated for a 'minor sprain' after someone at a campaign event in Michigan shook her hand firmly.
A campaign spokeswoman said Cindy McCain left the West Bloomfield, Mich., campaign event Wednesday for X-rays at a local hospital after an enthusiastic supporter squeezed too much.
McCain's wife has had previous surgeries for carpal tunnel syndrome and the handshake exacerbated the condition.
Cindy McCain was traveling with her husband as he planned to attend three Oakland County fundraising events Wednesday, reported WDIV-TV in Detroit. He'll also meet with reporters at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, a site of one of his fundraisers."
Helge: I've been writing about work ergonomics as a way to avoid hand sprain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and / or RSI (Repetetive Strain Injoury). The supporters should bow in front of the candidates like in Japan ;)
A repetitive strain injury (RSI), also called cumulative trauma disorder (CTD), occupational overuse syndrome, or work related upper limb disorder (WRULD), is any of a loose group of conditions resulting from overuse of a tool, eg. computer, guitar or knife, or other activity that requires repeated movements. It is a syndrome that affects muscles, tendons and nerves in the hands, arms and upper back. The medically accepted condition in which it occurs is when muscles in these areas are kept tense for very long periods of time, due to poor posture and/or repetitive motions.
It is most common among assembly line and computer workers. Good posture, ergonomics and limiting time in stressful working conditions can help prevent or halt the progress of the disorder. It is also a problem for guitarists who play with very tensed muscles. Stretches, strengthening exercises, and biofeedback training to reduce neck and shoulder muscle tension can help heal existing disorders.
Mediracer is an alternative method for CTS diagnosis.