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.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome that might affect someone’s work

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a medical condition that involves the hands and the arms. It is caused by a strained nerve in the wrist due to several factors, such as underlying medical conditions and anomalous anatomy of the arm. Additionally, carpal tunnel syndrome may be the result of repetitive hand and arm movements, which is common in many workplaces.

Suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome in the workplace can significantly affect one’s performance and output. Here are just some of the symptoms of a carpal tunnel syndrome that might affect work:

  • Weakness – Arms and hands tend to feel weak and drop objects due to a pinched nerve
  • Numbness or tingling – Individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome oftentimes feel numbness or a tingling sensation in one or more of their fingers, and can sometimes affect the arms.

Unfortunately, carpal tunnel syndrome may negatively impact a worker and a company over time. At WorkSTEPS, we help employers determine the readiness of their workers for performing specific work duties through scientific and study-proven Upper Quadrant/Carpal Tunnel Testing. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to schedule a test today.