People who keep the same jobs for years may develop repetitive stress injuries. Carpal tunnel syndrome may be the best-known repetitive stress injury. Most people associate this condition, which causes pain, tingling and weakness in the hands, wrists and forearms, with office workers and typists.
Certainly, administrative assistants and those who do data input are at increased risk of carpal tunnel syndrome when compared with the general public. However, there are several other professions that could potentially lead to someone developing work-related carpal tunnel syndrome.
Any job with powerful tools
If you have to hold on to a drill for hours at a time or use a device that vibrates, the amount of strain on your hands and arms could be significant. The more time you spend gripping and managing tools, especially power tools, the more likely you are to develop carpal tunnel syndrome later.
A job that involves driving
When you spend all day gripping a steering wheel, that can exhaust your hands and forearms. If you combine that with needing to unload and reload a delivery vehicle, driving all day could very easily lend itself to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Any job with repetitive manual tasks
Do you have to answer and hold the phone all day, every day? Do you spend the first three hours at your restaurant job chopping vegetables? Are you a phlebotomist who needs to constantly handle syringes? Any of these professions could lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Frequently gripping, lifting or manipulating items with your hands can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome even if you never sit down at a computer. Fortunately, repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome can qualify for workers’ compensation, just like traumatic injuries do. Learning about your rights to workers’ compensation benefits can help you get the benefits you need and deserve.