Excessive Action Creates Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
When you manipulate your wrist and fingers, the surrounding tendons and muscles are responsible for making those movements happen. Each of the tendons in your hand lies inside of a sleeve called a “sheath” which is lubricated for the tendon to slide in and out as you move. When these tendons are moved excessively or repetitively, these sheaths can lose their lubrication, resulting in friction, inflammation, and swelling of the tendons themselves. Once these tendons become swollen, they can begin to put pressure on the median nerve in the wrist inside of the “carpal tunnel.” This is why the condition is known as “carpal tunnel syndrome.”
Certain Workplace Tasks Can Worsen Your Condition
While moving your hands frequently is normal, there are certain circumstances in which your job may require you to move them abnormally or repetitively, increasing your risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
These tasks include:
- Keeping hands in an awkward position
- Performing repetitive hand motions
- Keeping your hands in a strong grip
- Touching or gripping something that vibrates for long periods of time
- Placing mechanical stress on the palms of the hands
Certain industries are also known for placing exceptional amounts of strain on their workers’ wrists and hands, including:
- Cashier work
- Kitchen work
- Construction work
- And more
It’s also possible that even those with desk jobs could be at particular risk for carpal tunnel syndrome, as typing and using a mouse repetitively can put a strain on the hands and wrists if performed without breaks.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is Preventable
Many of the situations that result in workers developing carpal tunnel syndrome are preventable with cooperation between workers and their employers. Workstations should be designed in a way that minimizes workers’ need to place their risks in awkward positions or remain in the same position repetitively, and they should be adjustable to accommodate the needs of people of different sizes. Additionally, workers should be permitted to take breaks to rest the wrists and prevent overuse.
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