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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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How I Fought the Programmer's Disease

The Programmer's disease occurs by excessive use of the computer keyboard and the mouse. It is also referred to as CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) and RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) in the medical community.

In 1999 I started experiencing acute pain in my right hand (I'm right handed). I didn't know about RSI then, and sought physical therapy, which provided temporary help. In year 2000, a fellow programmer suggested that I switch my mouse-clicking hand. It was difficult initially, but the body learns sooner than you think. The pain subsided, and now I have become ambidextrous!

Good Use of Left Hand
Switching the Clicking Hand Cures RSI

To to prevent RSI
(Thanks to Susan Hammack for the tips)

• Stretch and massage your hands
• Perform activities with hands that are opposite to the repeatitive strain -- like weight lifting, raquet sports etc.,
• Distribute the work to other parts of the body -- use alternate fingers and limbs.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Friday, January 18, 2002
Last Modified: 3/15/2002

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