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The Basics of Ergonomics (Part 4)

3. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)

CTS is related to RSI resulting in swollen tendons, usually in the hand and arms. It is a result of pressure on the median nerve in the wrist, the nerve that provides movement and feeling to the hand. It is most often associated with typing but can also result from any task that require the hands or wrists to perform repetitive motions such as assembly line work.

Symptoms of CTS:

  • Numbness in the hand, wrist or fingers
  • An ache or sharp pain in the wrist and/or hand
  • Tingling, as if the hand had “fallen asleep”
  • Loss of strength and/or control
  • Weakness in the hand

Prevention and treatment of CTS:

  • Get ergonomic equipment (ergonomic keyboards, wrist pads, ergonomic mouse, etc…)
  • Raise or lower equipment so as to reduce stress on the median nerve.
  • Wear a wrist brace to keep the wrist from overflexing the wrist and/or hands
  • Take frequent breaks and “shake out” the hands, arms and wrists
  • A change of duties may be necessary in order to give the arms, wrists and hands a rest and a chance to heal

If the initial symptoms are ignored, the condition can slowly get worse to the point where surgery may be required. In some cases, the damage can become irreversible and the damage permanent.