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[W] I am RSI-ed

A Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), also known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), Occupational Overuse Syndrome, or Work Related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD), is any of a loose group of conditions resulting from overuse of a tool, such as a computer keyboard or musical instrument 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 workers, COMPUTER WORKERS, store checkout clerks, and professional musicians. Good posture, ergonomics and limiting time in stressful working conditions can help prevent or halt the progress of the disorder. Stretches, strengthening exercises, and biofeedback training to reduce neck and shoulder muscle tension can help heal existing disorders.

that's back pain! not shoulder pain!

yes, i’ve been suffering from RSI since 8 years ago! it’s all bcoz of Diablo (calm down Diablo, i don’t blame u 100%) ! during the long break after my SPM, my daily activity was playing PC games & building my own website. well, that doesn’t sound harmful enough to cause a shoulder-ache.. unless u sit in front of ur PC, in a wrong posture for months.

during that time, my home was in a bit messy condition. lots of furniture & piles of my dad’s documents. the only place i can put the PC was in the living room, on the floor! so everyday i would sit on the floor, bend my body forward, rest my chin on my knee so that i can reach my keyboard & move my mouse easily.

i remember there was one day, when 2 health inspectors/officers/whatever-they-r-called from jabatan kesihatan negeri johor (if i’m not mistaken la) came for a house-to-house spotcheck. 1 of them told me, “dik, x elok duduk mcm tu. cube letak komputer tu ats meja.”. but like i said b4, there was no other proper place. i didn’t feel any pain on my shoulder until it started during my studies in UTMKL.

so here i am today, befriend with ammeltz yoko yoko. i’ll feel pain/sore (sometime feel like there’s something crawling inside my muscle) on my right shoulder when:

  • i’m sitting on a stool with no backrest or hard 90° backrest for a long period, or
  • i’m using PC keyboard & mouse placed on a table which is higher than my arm level, or
  • i’m walking with backpack for a long period @ lifting a really heavy things.

other than that, i’ll feel pain on my hand and fingers when i use small-tiny-puny mouse.


here’s 10 ways to prevent RSI:

  1. Cut down on computer use. Go for a walk or see a movie instead of playing video games. Look something up in a book instead of searching the Web. You are in the danger zone for injury if you use a computer for as little as two hours a day.
  2. Adjust your workstation properly. Make sure your monitor is directly in front of you, with the top of the screen at eye level. Be sure your keyboard and mouse are low enough to allow you to relax your shoulders.
  3. Sit up straight. Make sure your chair supports your spine in an erect position.
  4. Practice proper technique: never rest your wrists on the desk, wrist pad or armrests while you are typing or using a mouse or trackball.
  5. Pace yourself. Take a 5-to-10 minute break every 20 minutes and limit your overall time at the computer.
  6. Get regular cardiovascular exercise.
  7. Do appropriate upper-body strengthening ans stretching exercises.
  8. Stretch frequently while at the computer.
  9. Do not work at the computer or other hand-intensive activities if you are experiencing pain, fatigue or soreness.
  10. Avoid using the mouse and trackball whenever possible. Use keystrokes instead.

i hope u guys/girls take any precaution to avoid any “damage” to ur body and end up in a low-quality-life like me.

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  1. October 22, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    ok ok, let’s go to the Reborn again for your full body massage. as long as the one who give you massage is a man.. i can’t take it if a woman put her hands on you and fondly give you a massage.. *imagining..* no! no!

  2. October 22, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    full body buatpe, bahu je yg skt.. tu la org srh blajo urut x nak.. haha..

  3. October 22, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    x retila urut.. takut ter-reposition bahu awk plak! kihkihkih

  4. October 23, 2008 at 12:57 AM

    time cuti2 sekolah dahulu kala, aku main game pc 18jam sehari. utk elakkan sakit belakang, aku berdiri dan berjalan gi dapur / gi depan tv sekejap, sementara pc loading ape2.

  5. October 23, 2008 at 7:53 AM

    sebenarnye.. u guys are supposed to get a job everytime cuti panjang. bukannya dok umah, main game je~ pastu bile dah sakit sini sana (macam Win tuuu~) barula tau bahana main game. salah position la.. apela.. isk3

    kebanyakan kwn lelaki yg aku kenal pon x cari keje mase cuti panjang. diorg dok umah layan komputer. kalo bdk pompuan, dok umah at least diorg tlg mak kat dapur blaja memasak, kms umah & mcm2 lg la. tp aku x nak buat sume tu, sbb tu aku g keje sambilan (walopon gaji sket) <– dgn nada berlagak. skrg plak aku baru terhegeh2 nk blaja masak…. keh3.

  6. October 23, 2008 at 8:16 AM

    xde kaitannye skt bahu sbb main game dgn cari keje. even ondeway pegi keje & kat tmpt keje pun bole eksiden. so terpulang la masing2 nk keje ke, nk tlg mak kat umah ke, nk tlg jage adik2 yg kecik lg ke, nk teman nenek kat kampung ke.. ikut keadaan family & sekeliling. kalo perlu keje, cari keje..

    lgpun x semestinye org yg ade pengalaman keje bole jd pekerja lebih baik drpd fresh grad yg 1st time keje. tp dari segi ilmu, mmg bertambah la. so this is not even an issue..

    at least pengalaman godeh2 PC sendri kat umah berguna gak utk sy tolong org yg memerlukan sebelum ni.. :mrgreen:

  7. October 23, 2008 at 9:27 AM

    For complete mouseless computing try Integrated Keyboarding at:
    which allows the user to move the mouse and cursor, highlight, scroll, drag, number and delete without moving the hands from the home key position.
    Hope your pain goes away.

  8. October 23, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    nak menang jugak nampak~ yela sy betol, awk pon betol.. pueh hati
    “even ondeway pegi keje & kat tmpt keje pun bole eksiden. “ <– ape maksud ayat ni?

    @ David Hostyk

    WiNz replied:
    kiasu – incorrect usage of word.. better learn more from singaporean 😉

  9. October 23, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    ok, i admit~ dah buang kiasu. xsesuai kiasu kat situ.

  10. October 23, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    miahahaha.. 😈 maksud? tu la maksudnye.. nk sakit kat mane2 pun bole jd, xsemestinye dpn komputer.. ❗

  11. October 23, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    “at least pengalaman godeh2 PC sendri kat umah berguna gak utk sy tolong org yg memerlukan sebelum ni.. :mrgreen: ” <– part ni sy setojong la. sebab awk tolong repair PC sy mase kat UTMKL dulu la., wat sy jatuh cintan kat awk 😳

  12. eDoTz Celop
    October 23, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    saper ada extra monitor cable, sedekah kat aku

  13. marwan
    November 4, 2008 at 10:58 AM
  14. November 6, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    aaa, si kambing workrave.. nmpk menarik.. akan dicuba. thanks!

  1. October 29, 2008 at 7:51 PM

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