Wednesday, July 23, 2008

‘Guitar Hero’ Causes Carpal Tunnel?

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Shredding on Guitar Hero could lead to a pesky, painful case of carpal tunnel.

That’s the handy diagnosis from San Diego-based orthopedic specialist Dr. James McClurg, who says the popular rock ’n’ roll video game could have harmful effects on hands.

Dr. McClurg says the awkward way players are required to hold the guitar for Guitar Hero puts unnatural strain on hand muscles, joints, and bones, which, over time, can lead to carpal tunnel.

Signs of gaming-related injury include tendinitis, inflammation, pain on the palm and wrist, loss of grip, and numbness or tingling of the hand.

To counter the effects, Dr. McClurg says it’s best to find new, comfortable ways to hold the guitar, and to play in half-hour intervals instead of rockin’ out for hours at a time.

He also suggests doing hand exercises between jam sessions.

Guitar Hero players should be conscious of the songs and levels in the game, because the faster the rock song, the harder their grip on the axe, which leads to pain.

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