Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
It used to be the case that only certain administrative workers faced the threat of developing the painful repetitive motion injury known as carpal tunnel syndrome. The significant expansion of computer use has exposed a much larger portion of the workforce to this danger, as virtually every position now requires a worker to utilize a keyboard for the performance of a number of essential tasks. Since this trend is still relatively new, awareness and preventive responses from employers and computer makers have not yet reined in the problem.
But there are certain steps that you can take to reduce the likelihood that you will be afflicted with this condition. If it is too late, however, and you are in need of assistance with the filing of a workers’ compensation claim, our experienced attorneys can help. Contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder Seguin, PLLC, today at (919) 851-3311.
Limiting the Risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The employees who are at the greatest risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome are still those whose work is based solely at the computer and whose tasks demand intensive keyboard use. Word processing, 10-key data entry, and the use of manual entry cash registers are all activities that can result in inflammation of the tissues in and around the carpal tunnel. So, if those fall under your workload, you will want to take care to:
- Make your space ergonomically friendly
- Use adjustable screens, keyboards, and chairs so that you are not confined to the same position
- Avoid typing with your wrists flexed
- Do stretching and exercises at the start and end of the day
- Take short breaks periodically
Let us help to ensure that you receive the benefits that you are due under the law. Contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder Seguin, PLLC, at (919) 851-3311.