Itís Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome! RSI Theory and Therapy
By Suparna Damany, MSPT, and Jack Bellis
Millions of workers use computers on the job today, and millions more perform repetitive tasks that donít involve a computer keyboard. When these workersí hands start hurting, the authors say, the diagnosis frequently is carpal tunnel syndrome, and the recommended cure is surgery. That diagnosis can be wrong more often than right, the authors say: the problem most likely is a repetitive strain injury, and the problem can be treated without surgery.
Now in its fourth printing, Itís Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome! outlines the causes and effects of the hand, arm, neck and back pains so many workers suffer and explains how to avoid them in the first place. If itís too late for that, the reader is presented with simple, easy-to-do exercises to put the pain behind you and prevent it from recurring. It gives you the information youíll need to assess all the conflicting therapies that may be incomplete or inappropriate. If youíre hurting, see a doctor Ė and read this book.
"Itís Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome! is composed in the model of a resource guide, with excellent sections on the use of the Internet, informative books and articles, and preventative and therapeutic exercises. For those with symptoms, it can be used as a primer on what to expect from therapy, and, perhaps even more important, how to assess therapies that may be incomplete or inappropriate. Whether you are a new or chronic patient, a therapist, or a manager interested in prevention, [this book] will serve you well."232 pages paperback
MARTIN CHERMIAC, M.D., M.P.H,
DIRECTOR, ERGONOMICS TECHNOLOGY CENTER OF CONNECTICUT,
PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE,
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT SCHOOL OF MEDICINE