Hey Sevendust, welcome and good for you for being proactive on a situation. I, too, have had arthritis since I was a child and have it in my hands. Repetitive motion I think is more prone to cause carpel tunel syndrom and/or tendonitis. My personal feeling is arthritis will come from repetition if you are prone to it (hereditary) and/or have a situation that may cause it to occur in these joints after many years of abuse. I wanted to give you some suggestions (Erin, feel free to say none of this will help) if you're very concerned (not to sound like an old fuddy-duddy, but I hate to see you have long term problems if you can avoid it):
1. Look in to stretches you can to to make sure you don't get carpel tunel syndrome or tendonitis. These are VERY painful and once you have them, you may always have problems. Erin suggested talking with your doctor or school nurse, they might be able to take a look and suggest some stuff. Stretching would include the hand, wrist, arm and shoulders - as carpel tunel pain can migrate all the way up.
2. You might want to try massage. I don't know if it'll help or not with the straightening of your two fingers, but you never know and it may help with the wrist/hand muscles to help keep you from getting hurt. Use lotion and massage and stretch your wrist and fingers. You may want to include your forearm.
3. Learn to type correctly. That way, you are not overdoing the two fingers. I think there are relatively cheap programs you can buy (maybe even free on internet?) that are simple typing programs.
4. (okay, you knew this was coming....I'm a mom....) cut down your time on the computer and/or how you use it. At the VERY LEAST take breaks during your gaming to stretch and relax.
Post Edited (CaMama) : 1/6/2006 9:09:03 AM (GMT-7)
I do not know the answer to that - I think much of it is up in the air.
Though, I would THINK that your fingers bent imporpoerly COULD lead to arthritis. If the joints in your fingers are not aligned properly, possibly that would mean the joints are rubbing together improperly and thusly going to cause deterioration of the finger joints. What do you think, Erin?
That said, I will use my husband as a "case study" for you: my husband has some bad pain/swelling in his finger joints. He is the youngest in a large family and far as we know, none of his older siblings has arthritis. Yet, he does. However, he is also the only one who has had a manual labor/repetitive motion job for almost 20 years. He worked in a freezer for 12 years and has been doing repetive motion in the last 8. Though most of his siblings are in computers, we have not heard that any of them are having issues. However, it would be good to note that he is one of the tallest in the famly and the hardest working 24/7.
You can probably find some computer ergonomic information on the web for starters.
Erin, too funny about spell check!