The Truth About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Updated: Jul 3
If you're wondering what the most common injury in America is, the answer is simple: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This syndrome is the highest occurring on-the-job injury in America. With a combined cost of 2 billion to American companies, it continues to attract attention and not in a positive way. What causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? And how can you avoid this cost in your company? Let's take a look at the causes and solutions. Repetitive Motions If you're in the safety field, this may seem like a no brainer. Repetitive motions are the heart of the problem when it comes to soft tissue injuries, including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It's not just the repetitive motions that are the issue. It's repetitive motions that are done incorrectly. When we perform movements with out the correct muscles using correct form, it causes the next phase in our problem wheel. Muscular Imbalances Muscular imbalances are what occur after repetitive motions are performed incorrectly. These are the direct cause of injury. The imbalance that can typically cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is called Upper Crossed Syndrome. In this syndrome, certain muscles in the shoulders have lost strength to support the elbow and wrist in movement. The wrist then exerts more force than it's designed to and gains over activity, inflammation and nerve impingement. Simple Solutions Proper Ergonomic Positioning The first thing that you can do to prevent CTS is to ensure that employees have proper ergonomic positioning. Elbows should be at the correct angle and eyes should be straight ahead when they are doing work with their hands. Frequent Breaks Having a strong safety culture that encourages frequent breaks is essential in the process of prevention. Corrective Strengthening and Release Simple generic stretch and exercise programs are not enough to correct CTS. Utilizing a physical therapist or corrective exercise program is going to help fix the issue and give the employee tools to continue to be injury free.
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