Re: Injuries and CTS

Subject: Re: Injuries and CTS
From: Scott McClare <smcclare -at- DY4 -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 15:25:39 -0500

Been following the ergonomic thread for a little while; thought I'd
contribute something.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michelle Vina-Baltsas [SMTP:Michelle_Vina-Baltsas -at- US -dot- CRAWCO -dot- COM]
> Sent: Thursday, February 11, 1999 3:04 PM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: Injuries and CTS
> This thread is very appropriate, and one that I can respond to first hand
> because I have bilateral CTS. I would like to share a few of the things
> that I have changed in my life, both at work and at home, that have helped
> to relieve much of the discomfort of CTS. As several other TW have
> already
> mentioned, get an ergonomic keyboard. In my case, it offered almost
> immediate relief. The other ergonomic hardware that is worth checking out
> is a trackball mouse. I have a Logitech trackball mouse, and although
> everyone here makes fun of it 'cause it's big and looks kinda funny, it
> works!!!
Two of my cow-orkers are involved in multimedia production. Each of them
found that after extended periods of pointing-and-clicking in the authoring
tools, their wrists ached. The solution they hit upon was a stylus and
tablet in place of the mouse. I've not heard a complaint since (apart from
those of people who need to use their PCs and can't get used to the stylus,
which does take a bit of practice).

At home I have a touchpad. While it's not especially ergonomic, and I'm not
convinced it's any more comfortable to use than a mouse for extended periods
of time, I am able to use it equally well with either hand (can't say that
about a mouse), so I can switch back and forth as necessary.

Take care,

Scott "and I can also surf the Web in bed" McClare

Scott McClare - Technical Writer
DY 4 Systems Inc., Kanata, Ontario, Canada
(613) 599-9199 x502 smcclare -at- dy4 -dot- com
Opinions are my own

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