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06-02-2006, 08:17 AM
got the below from www.thestar.com.my
Thousands of computer users injure upper limbs
KUALA LUMPUR: About 10,000 Malaysians, who use computers in their workplace, suffer upper limb injuries annually.
Socso statistics showed the number of cases involving injuries in the upper limb, especially fingers and hands, reached about 10,000 every year and the number of back injury cases at about 2,000.
In response to this, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) proposed the need to apply ergonomics in workplaces.
Niosh chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said industries that implemented ergonomics programmes reported a significant drop in accidents, injuries, illnesses and healthcare cost and increased productivity, work efficiency, product quality and higher worker morale.
Ergonomics integrating knowledge, derived from human sciences to match jobs, systems, products and environment to the physical and mental abilities and limitations, was a relatively new field in Malaysia in comparison with advanced countries like Japan, the United States and Canada, he said in a statement.
“Nevertheless, the philosophy, essence, principle and concepts of ergonomics are clearly important to humans at work and to disregard it would be a handicap in efforts to promote occupational safety and health at the workplace,” he said. – Bernama
08-02-2006, 10:07 PM
yeah, sad to say i suffer from CTS, my finger movement become numb, it start from thumb until the middle finger, worse still after give birth to my children ..... i suffer severe pain until i feel that no matter how capable i am, i could be useless at the end cause I can no longer use them to work..
more over i can't trust the doctor over malaysia to run a minor operation on me..
09-02-2006, 09:16 AM
cts = carpal tunnel syndrome? if so why don't you get those mouse pads with gel? those that can rest your wrist... also don't use a teeny weeny mouse.... they are for show only...
09-02-2006, 02:09 PM
kress, thanks for your concern..... thing doesn't happen in one night, i was introduce to apple and ibm ..... i've 21 years with computer.... mouse pad with gel.... I too have one , using teeny weeny mouse..... just a ordinary mouse only..... I start to have this problem when i was expecting..... it get very serious until i can hardly drive but sometimes things get better when i have positive thinking...... that's what keep me to be happy always.... otherwise.... cts will follow where ever i go....
Big thanks to you kress - God bless you
09-02-2006, 06:31 PM
Many years ago my sis suffered from CTS too. She went to a govt hospital and the doc made some kind of a long plastic mould to fix on the whole hand to restrict the movement of the fingers. Doctors recommended complete rest of the fingers (which is a hard thing to do!). They did try other ways too. But in the end it didn't work and later on she developed trigger finger in one of the middle fingers. Trigger finger is very funny. The finger gets locked at a bended position and cannot be straightened. This is due to injury/swelling of the tendon such that it gets stuck to the tunnel (or tendon sheath) upon bending. She had no choice but to undergo a minor surgery where they cut open at the palm and make the tunnel inside bigger by cutting on it.
After that there was some improvement to the finger but it takes time to recover.
So pls take care and rest ur fingers more. Less posting to this forum will do a lot of good to your hand. But then again we are gonna be missing all ur wonderful postings here ;)
10-02-2006, 12:05 PM
Atomic Fire, as told by the doctor what they basically do is not making the tunnel inside bigger woh.... but cutting the correct "wire" so you no longer have the sense of pain.... to be send to your brain (like trying to stop a bomb lah...)
10-02-2006, 12:39 PM
Yeah maybe what ur doc said is to treat the CTS. But the op which my sis did was to treat the trigger finger (locking of the finger). It's different i guess.
What I'm trying to say is that CTS may later on lead to trigger finger if it doesn't get better after many years.
10-02-2006, 11:17 PM
maybe the doctor do different surgery on different matter.... but i guess CTS have not come back to me unless i carry my baby for hours ( i used to carry my baby who refuse to be put into strolley or strolly or walk )
i hope i don't have to go surgery as i don't really like to moreoever i really get some news from a few ex-colleagues of mine.... no difference before and after surgery.... ...... the pain come back even often.... but some change diet and get better.
11-02-2006, 12:26 AM
:p (tongue in cheek!)
I've heard about CTS before. Quite a few Americans are happily enjoying their compensations monies they won when they sued their employers for contributing to this syndrome... (only in America..)
But the other syndrome which most of us forummers suffer is W&GGS!!! oso known to some as ear-ache! Blurrrr? :confused:
It happens when most ( or issit some... ) of us experience this when we spend too much time writing our posts on the forum... :p
Still don't get it...... :D
It's called WIFE & GIRLFRIEND GRUMBLING SYNDROME kihkihkih! :)
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