How Typing Can Lead to Pain

\"shutterstock_18400543\"If you have a job that requires long hours of typing each day, you understand full well how excessive typing can cause pain in various parts of the body including the hands, wrists, forearms, shoulders and back. If you suffer from pain due to the type of work you do, there is help available. Dr. Andy Fine is a Board-Certified Internal Medicine Specialist and Primary Care Physician who has treated hundreds of patients who suffer with chronic pain due to typing. Let’s take a look at how typing affects the body and some ways to minimize the stress typing puts on various parts of your body.

The key to pain-free typing is to properly align your fingers, hands and forearms; to avoid pain, these three parts of your body must move as a single unit, at the same time, in the same direction, and with the same fluidity and freedom of movement. Improper alignment of the fingers, hands and forearms can lead to severe pain and the inability to type. If you’re unable to type, then you’re unable to work, so it’s absolutely imperative to learn more about how bad typing habits can cause severe pain.

When a person’s body parts are not properly aligned while typing, we refer to this as “isolation,” which is something you clearly want to avoid if you type several hours during a workday. When you type in isolation (out of proper alignment), your fingers and hands move in an isolated way, causing tension, which often results in pain and injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. If you see someone at work with a wrist brace, they may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis, or they may be taking a big step to avoid developing these painful conditions.

Here are six bad typing habits that can lead to painful conditions like tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome:

  • Finger isolation
  • Finger curling
  • Finger stretching
  • Twisting of the hand (lateral hand isolation in medical terminology)
  • Wrist injury
  • Incorrect seat height

Simply put, proper alignment of the fingers, hands and forearms and proper seat height will help you type for many hours free of pain. By properly aligning your fingers, hands and forearms, you will be able to move from key to key without isolating or stretching your fingers and without twisting your wrists. Proper alignment will also allow you to move from to row to row without curling your fingers, and your fingers will be well supported so they can hit the keys effortlessly.

If you think it’s time to have your fingers, hands and forearms examined due to pain while typing, please contact Andy Fine, M.D. today to schedule an initial consultation. Our primary care physician and his medical team will obtain a complete medical history and perform a thorough physical examination to help determine a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. If you are in pain due to typing at work, then please contact Dr. Fine’s office today.

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