Working in an office usually involves a number of repetitive tasks that must be accomplished daily.—from working with a computer keyboard and computer mouse, to simply filling out forms and signing orders. While this may not sound so overwhelming on the surface, very few realize that performing these tasks can lead to a number of repetitive strain injuries, which can suddenly make it harder for you to perform your job. This is why it important not to ignore these injuries and have them treated as soon as possible.
Here are a number of common repetitive strain injuries in the workplace:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is often caused by constantly repeating a particular motion (e.g., bending the wrists, turning the neck). This kind of injury is also incurred from forceful hand motions.
Some signs that you may already be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome include particular sensations in the hands, including numbness, tingling and pain. At the same time, you may also notice your hands suddenly becoming weak and even clumsy.
Trigger finger or stenosing tenosynovitis, is an injury caused by constant forceful gripping of sharp or hard edges. In this case, your fingers end up getting stuck in a bent position due to an inflammation that ends up narrowing the space within the sheet surrounding your tendon in the affected finger.
When you are suffering from a trigger finger, you may end up experiencing some finger stiffness, especially in the morning. Moreover, you may also feel a clicking or popping sensation when you try to move your finger.
Also known as White Finger, Raynaud’s Syndrome is a condition caused by constant vibration or forceful gripping. People particularly at risk to develop Raynaud’s syndrome are those who tend to type a lot on a daily basis, as well as musicians.
Symptoms of this injury include the sudden loss of feeling and control in both your fingers and hands. You may also feel a tingling sensation or numbness in the affected finger.
When dealing with any of these repetitive strain injuries, it is important to not ignore it and seek the help of a chiropractor in Hillsboro right away. Don’t just shrug it off and go back to work as this can worsen the condition. You may also end up feeling more pain. Do the right thing and have it treated first, before continuing the same work routines.
Raynaud’s phenomenon – Causes, NHS
OSH Answers Fact Sheets, CCOHS
Injuries Caused by Poor Ergonomics, AFSCME