The physical and mental effects of CPS among workers

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CPS) is a type of repetitive stress injury typically acquired by workers doing repetitive physical tasks. Grocery checkers, slaughterhouse workers, typists and assembly line workers are all at high risk of developing this painful arm and wrist condition.

CPS compromises a worker’s ability to lift, grasp and carry things around the workplace. This is because this musculoskeletal condition is characterized by pain in the arms, wrists, and hands, making physically demanding tasks more difficult to perform. Activities that require fine motor skills, such as typing and writing, may also be difficult for someone with CPS.

The symptoms caused by CPS may affect an individual’s ability to focus on their tasks. Furthermore, CPS has been associated with depression, anxiety, and other emotional disorders due to an individual’s feeling of decreased functionality.

The Upper Quadrant/Carpal Tunnel Testing offered by our team at WorkSTEPS has been proven effective in helping employers determine the right work duties for workers returning from carpal tunnel syndrome. To learn more about how we can help your business and your employees, call us at (512) 617-4100 today.

Preventing carpal tunnel syndrome at work

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve located at the palm side of the wrist becomes compressed, causing the affected hand and arm to become numb and weak. This condition can sometimes be caused by repetitive motion at work. Typists, checkers, and assembly line workers are all at increased risk of developing this hand and arm condition.

Employees with repetitive work duties should take measures to ensure that their hands and wrists are not being subjected to severe and repetitive stress that might trigger carpal tunnel syndrome. Flexing your hands and wrists more frequently at work may prevent stiffness. Also, consider talking with a supervisor about alternating tasks to minimize repetition. Learning how to improve posture when performing your tasks also decreases the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Determining an employee’s capacity to handle repetitive job function is essential to the company’s safety and success. At WorkSTEPS, we provide Upper Quadrant/Carpal Tunnel Testing for new and existing hires and for employees returning at work. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about our services.

Fit-to-Work: encouraging safety and productivity

Fitness to work is an assessment offered by an employer who wants to ensure workplace safety and productivity. This evaluation is vital in securing the safety not only of injured or on-leave workers returning on duty, but also of the entire workforce should the working environment significantly change.

During job transfers, an employer may also request for fit to work to confirm that the existing employee will be able to meet the demands of the newly delegated task. A worker diagnosed with a medical condition can also be safely reassigned to other work duty with the help of this assessment.

Finding the right assessment to guarantee that the existing and returning workers are able to safely meet the demands of their duties is vital in ensuring workplace efficiency and safety. At WorkSTEPS, we provide employers with the right functional capacity assessment for existing and returning injured workers in compliance with relevant policies and regulations. Call our offices at 512-617-4100 to learn more about our services.