How do I work with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a painful condition for many which is generally caused by repetitive bending of the wrist. It is one of the most common forms of repetitive strain injury (RSI) & affects approximately 3% of the UK population. We have discussed repetitive strain injury in our of our previous blogs which you can find by clicking here.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is an ever growing concern and the vast majority of people who suffer from these conditions do not even know they have it. Hence, in this weeks blog we aim to look at cover carpal tunnel syndrome in more depth & how to work with this condition.

Working while suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome is a difficult time. Not only is it a painful condition, Carpal tunnel syndrome will also start to effect the efficiency of your workload. Especially during these unprecedented times, working from home has become a norm for many & a call for efficient workload is needed now more than ever before for established businesses.

So the question really is: What strategies are there for working with carpal tunnel syndrome?

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

As mentioned above, a vast majority of people aren’t even aware of being diagnosed with such a condition. You may feel wrist & shoulder but doesn’t necessarily mean you are diagnosed with CTS. To have the confirmation is the first step to the road of recovery. The symptoms of CTS include as mention by the NHS:

  • Numb hands
  • Aches or pain in the fingers, hands or arms
  • Weak thumb or a difficulty gripping
  • pins and needles in the designated are

Be aware of any such symptoms as mentioned above. The severity and extent of pain varies from case to case. 

Working with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

According to the DBH, carpal tunnel syndrome affects your mental as well as your physical capacity to work. With the condition affecting your ability to grip and hold objects, it could make lifting difficult.

This is why in many situations it can be impossible for an individual with severe CTS to carry out any physical labour. Office based work provides a little bit more leniency in that sense. What you may find with office based work is that CTS limits your ability to type or perform other common office functions. That’s why you could choose from a range of ergonomically designed products which alleviate wrist pains and directly combat CTS when either typing or scrolling using a mouse & keyboard.

The figure on the right gives a visual demonstration on how to use the wireless ergonomic mouse. We stock two types of mice one is the posturite wireless and wired mouse and we have the more value added wireless mouse with its built in USB interface. With their sleek designs these product provide the perfect fit in combatting CTS. It forces the wrist to remain at a natural position when scrolling and using a a desktop computer. Definitely a ground breaker when treating RSI.

So you may be thinking now, what about when I type? Not to worry, Microsoft have engineered a design which suits the best interest for those who experience this problem. The Microsoft ergonomic keyboard allows you to speed up your workflow with efficiency and comfort at mind. With its split keyboard design, it takes the hand, arm and wrist pain out of the equation to reduce workplace stress.

These two solutions are well placed to help you overcome office based CTS stress. These two as a combination are bound to ease the stress your wrist is under. More productivity and efficiency are certain.

How do we treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Depending on the severity of your condition, CTS can be treated in different ways. The traditional surgical and non-surgical options are available. The national institute of neurological disorders and stroke have given an insight in the different treatment methods available.

The most common ones for mild cases are chiropractic therapy, over the counter drugs (i.e. Paracetamol, Ibuprofen), wearing a splint at night & avoiding day time activities which could provoke symptoms. For surgical treatment we have the open release surgery. It is one of the most traditional procedures and involves accessing the carpal ligament.

Then we have the endoscopic surgery. This particular procedure allows faster functional recovery and less postoperative discomfort than traditional open release surgery. Individuals with severe cases may not have any other option apart from this particular type of surgery.

We hope you enjoyed reading this weeks blog, if you have any questions about CTS or would like know more, please contact us.

Reference

  • https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/carpal-tunnel-syndrome/
  • https://www.disability-benefits-help.org/working-ability/carpal-tunnel-syndrome
  • https://fitforwork.org/blog/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-cts-and-the-workplace/
  • https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Carpal-Tunnel-Syndrome-Fact-Sheet

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