Source: Kristen Cederlind
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is literally a pain point for many employers. This painful condition, caused by nerve compression in the wrist due to performing repetitive or forceful tasks with the hands, can become disabling and costly if not addressed early. The CDC recently released a report which surveyed seven years’ worth of California Workers’ Compensation data and summarized CTS incidence rates and occupational risks
Occupational categories noted to show the highest incidence rate of CTS included office and administrative support, food preparation and serving and assembly production. Women were more likely to get CTS than men, and individuals between the ages of 35-54 years old age range represented over 50% of the reported CTS cases.
While the findings in this CDC report are not revolutionary, they do have some important implications. Industries with high rates of CTS should implement preventive measures to decrease risk of CTS for their employees. These 3 tips can be a starting point:
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