If so, you would be wise to watch for symptoms of carpel tunnel syndrome (CTS) – aching, pain, tingling, numbness – and nip it in the bud.
Researchers have defined six key risk factors in the workplace for the development of carpal tunnel syndrome:
(2) high force
(3) awkward joint posture
(4) direct pressure
(6) prolonged constrained posture
Recent work place studies show that jobs that are high risk for CTS include occupations that combine force and repetition of the same motion in the fingers and hand for long periods.
Such workers include:
- meat and fish packing industries
- workers using vibrating tools, such as jackhammers and chain saws.
- assembly lines, from assembling airplanes to food and beverage processing
- cake decorators
- postal workers
- dentists and dental technicians.
And, most people are aware that office workers using computer keyboards, and the computer mouse, are developing CTS.
Many of these workers may not even be aware of the amount of force they exert while performing their jobs. For example, the fingers of typists whose speed is 60 words per minute exert up to 25 tons of pressure each day – can you believe it?