Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a painful hand and wrist condition that affects millions of Americans every year. CTS occurs when a nerve running across your arms to your wrists and hands has been pinched or damaged, making your grip weaker and your arms and hands feel painful, tender, or numb.
Employees who are exposed to either ergonomically-poor workplaces or repetitive and forceful hand activities are most vulnerable to CTS. To prevent CTS while working, make sure that your workplace tools are ergonomically designed to reduce CTS risk. Shaking out your hands periodically while performing repetitive duties may also help relieve hand tightness and stress. Finally, giving your hands regular breaks can ease any pressure that could damage the median nerve. You can do this by gently stretching, bending, and rotating your wrists and hands.
It is important for employers to ensure that workers are free from any injury that may compromise the individual or group’s safety. At WorkSTEPS, we help business owners and managers determine if a candidate employee or a returning worker could perform duties that require repetitive hand functions. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about our programs.