Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Typing and data entry are two of the biggest causes of RSI, but they’re certainly not the only ones. The RSI that most people have heard about is carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the wrist and the hand, and is the leading cause of missed work in America. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, pain, and the inability to grasp or pick up objects. It’s very unpleasant and can have a terrible impact on your life. It can require surgery, and possibly even finding a different line of work. Actually, though, there’s some dispute among medical authorities as to whether repetitive motions such as typing cause carpal tunnel syndrome, or merely exacerbate it.

In addition, a great many people have been misdiagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. If you don’t experience numbness in the hand and/or wrist, then what you’re suffering from isn’t carpal tunnel, no matter how painful it is. In any case, carpal tunnel syndrome or not, wrist and hand pain from repetitive motions are work safety problems and are very painful and debilitating. Instances of these injuries are on the rise and you should be aware of them. You should also be aware that they don’t just strike office workers – anyone who does the same thing over and over is a candidate for RSI. Another occupation at high risk for RSI is that of an assembly worker. House painters are also discovering the same safety problem with repetitive motions in their line of work. A decade or so ago, many people were skeptical of RSI claims and thought that a lot of people who claimed to be suffering from it were malingering. There may be a few who are making it up to get out of work, but for the vast majority of people it’s a very real and very painful malady. If your wrists and hands are giving you pain from your work, you need to have it checked out. It won’t get better on its own, and if left untreated your wrists and hands can become virtually unusable.

SHORTCUTS TO WORK SAFETY ARTICLES:

The Facts on Repetitive Stress Injury
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Measures to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Preventative Measures: Mice
Other Ergonomic Habits
Leading Cause of Work-Related Deaths
Second Leading Cause of Work-Related Deaths
Violence in the Workplace
Romance at Work
Safety Concerns in an Industrial Setting
Hazardous Materials in an Industrial Setting
Tips When Working With Heavy Machinery
Forklift Safety
Tips For Working With Industrial Machinery
Miscellaneous Work Safety Tips