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Re: overuse injuries - personal (Anneli Lukka) ERCELAA@ctrvax.Vanderbilt.Edu 19 Mar 1998 15:33 UTC

Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 10:17:55 +0000 (EST5EDT)
From: Anneli Lukka <LUKKA@LIB1.LAN.MCGILL.CA>
Subject: overuse injuries - personal

I got a bad case of tendinitis of the right elbow a few years ago
when I went to graduate school while working full-time.  It involved
pounding out a lot of papers besides working 8 hours at the computer
in the library and also carrying a daily load of heavy textbooks and
binders which in my opinion all contributed to the problem.

A small trick that was helpful for me was to type with the eraser-end
of a pencil between the right hand thumb and index finger.  It gave
much needed variation to all the typing. I also got a better chair
with an armrest.  Physical therapy, mainly ultrasound, was no help;
actually I got frustrated with it and abandoned it after a couple of
times.  The best help was a lighter and more varied workload and
normal use of the elbow (using it even it hurt).  I have been symptom-
free for years now, still working full-time and using a computer a
fair amount in the evenings, too.

Wishing all of you strong elbows,

Anneli Lukka
Manager, Technical Services
McGill University Health Sciences Library
3655 Drummond
Montreal, QC  H3G 1Y6

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