Jobs that require repetitive movements of the hand and wrist can result in the development of carpal tunnel syndrome among workers. Without rest breaks and other precautions, office workers, cashiers, workers on assembly lines, and many others are at risk for the development of this disability that causes numbness, weakness, tingling and pain in the hand, fingers, and sometimes the arm and shoulder.
In addition to repetitive motions, awkward hand and wrist positions, strong gripping, vibration, and mechanical stress on the palm of the hand can all contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. Although most commonly thought of as a office worker's disorder, mechanics, locksmiths, meat cutters, wait staff, and musicians have all been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Medical professionals can make a diagnosis through identification of workplace risks and medical testing that confirms the existence of damage to the median nerve of the wrist. Two non-invasive tests, the Tinel's and Phalen's test detect inappropriate tingling in the fingers due to median nerve damage. Electromyography is used to determine damage by placing electrodes on the forearm and measuring the effectiveness of nerve transmission through the median nerve. Treatment depends on the progress and severity of the disease. If caught early, rest from the repetitive movements, anti-inflammatory drugs, and a brace worn while at work can help. Physical and occupational therapists can advise therapeutic exercises that can help restore the nerve. With advanced and severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
Both the American with disabilities Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act recognize carpal tunnel syndrome as a disability. Based on these laws, employees who suffer from this disability cannot be discriminated against at the workplace. Accommodation for the disability must be made in accordance with the law.
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