Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and the Work at Home Professional

by drscott on March 12, 2010

Many of us are working from our home these days and many individuals may not be aware of the repetitive injury to their hands or wrist called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? It is an inflammation of tissue surrounding the median nerve of the hand.

Some of the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are weakness, pain, and aching in the wrist and or the hand caused by repeated hand motion like those used by computer operators, clerks, seamstresses, and check out clerks. I can recall when I was stricken with the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I was working on a job that involved a lot of stapling using a manual stapler. I used this tool on a daily basis not realizing the pressures that I was applying to my hand and wrist. One day I start feeling pain in my wrist and then to my hand. I was putting off saying anything to my supervisor. I was not sure what was going on with my wrist so I would take aspirins and soak my wrist but it did not relieve the pain. I realized that the pain was not going away, so I reported the problem to my supervisor. She then arranged for me to see the company doctor to get my wrist examined. The doctor did a physical exam and stated to me that Carpal Tunnel results from the entrapment of one of three main nerves supplying the hand as it goes through the wrist. I was given cortisone injections, a hand brace, and recommended exercises for my hand and wrist and within a couple of months the pain diminished. Back at the office, prevention was made quickly by replacing the manual stapler with an electric one. Working from home or away from the home you should watch out for these common symptoms regarding your hands and wrist; a change in the sensation in your hands, tingling, being aware that your hands does not feel right, pain, numbness and weakness. If you ignore these symptoms, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome can progress to the loss of hand-muscle control and crippling.

Working From Home And Reducing The Risk. Working at home on your computers can become a leading cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome because of several factors involving your work style and the use of your body while on the computer. If you are working in an awkward manner and use poorly designed tools or equipment, you may be at risk of acquiring Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned earlier, you should see your doctor. Since symptoms are progressive, the earlier you get treated the better are your chances to stop the problem from progressing. Your doctor may recommend making minor changes in your work functions, your work pace, your work style, your equipment, computer keyboard, and seating to arrest the progression of your symptoms.

Here are four Keys to keep in mind to avoid the risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. (CTS)

* ADJUST YOUR WORKSTATION. Purchase adjustable work desk and tables.
* MINIMIZE REPETITIVE MOTIONS. Take frequent breaks and rest periods.
* REDUCE STRESS. Exercise your hand and wrist.

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