Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) In The Workplace
Try to avoid any activity that may cause CTS to become worse. Carpal tunnel syndrome can often be relieved by shaking the wrist,however, this does not always help relieve symptoms. Other treatments include:
- Wearing a wrist splint.
- Physical therapy such as exercises or stretching. An occupational therapist may be able to advise on suitable activities.
- Corticosteroids or corticosteroid injections in the affected area;
- Surgery may be recommended when other treatments are not successful.
Those who suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome during pregnancy usually find that the CTS goes away about six to 12 weeks following the birth of their baby.
If the CTS is caused by another condition such as arthritis, treating this condition can help relieve CTS.
Carpal tunnel syndrome and the workplace
Employers should ensure that adequate risk assessments are carried out in order to identify tasks that could increase the risk of CTS or aggravate existing CTS. Industries in which CTS may be a particular risk include assembly line work or jobs that involve sewing, cleaning and food processing. CTS thought to be caused or exacerbated by work may be reportable under the RIDDOR Regulations and employers are advised to seek the opinion of an occupational health professional- Healthscreen!