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Finger injury

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by BlackxHat, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. BlackxHat

    BlackxHat Power Member

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    Has anyone here injured there finger and it prevented you from working online? Im not talking about a broken finger or a cut but something like damage to the nerve/ligament/tendon

    My fingers are already weaker than most people from using the computer so much. So i have to to very conscious and cautious when putting stress on them when i'm off the computer.

    Anyway, last week plastic bag with just my index finger. It was filled with socks so it probably just weighted 1 pound. Held it with just my finger for less than a minute. It had caused a little strain that I wasnt wasnt even aware of til it was too late. Anyway its just this small lingering pain that comes back when i use the mouse. And the only way to fix it is to rest it. Stay off the pc for a few weeks. I'm so fucking pissed right now that this little thing is prevent me from doing what i have to do.
     
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    That sounds like your hands are ridiculously weak and you're probably flirting with carpal tunnel syndrome or something similar. You really need to start getting more exercise away from the computer: weights, kettle bells, pull ups, push ups, martial arts etc. Even getting one of the stress squeeze balls would help. Stretching your arms, wrists and hands every day is also really important, as is getting enough rest and some time off from the computer (including a full day away from the keyboard now and again).

    You might want to invest in an ergonomic keyboard and a high quality mouse that minimizes the strain on your wrist (keeps it at a natural angle). Also if your desk and chair are at the wrong height that can put a lot of strain on your hands.
     
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    Strain in the fingers is common. One way I know of fixing this is drinking plenty of water a day to stay hydrated this will help all your muscles and on top of that you need to exercise daily. Also you know those hand things that you squeeze? Go pick one of those up and do it every other day and I guarantee that will help you.
     
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    +1. I hadn't even finished reading OP's post, and that's what came to mind: "dragon naturally speaking".

    About a year ago, I was at the beach with my sis and some friends. I was chatting with some friends by my sis jeep. We had the stereo on, so I left the door open. Then a random girl came by :17:and took a beverage out of the cooler (passenger's seat), and proceeded to slam the door shut on my right pinky :bawling:. Two and a half weeks of not being able to use the mouse. I'm a motion designer/general designer, so for that I used my wacom tablet, and dragon naturally speaking for everything else that required typing.


    So true. Other than carpal tunnel syndrome, your fingers shouldn't be weaker from using the keyboard. Hell, I've got tiny hands and a weak wrist, but it only keeps me from lifting heavy weights at the gym. No biggie for me because I use the machines, and I don't really need big muscles like guys do. But my fingers and hands aren't that delicate either.
     
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