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4 Careers That Can Cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome can cause mild to severe burning, tingling, and aching in your fingers, hands, and even your arms and shoulders. If these sensations sound familiar, don’t hesitate to schedule a visit with our expert team at Crescent City Orthopedics

We can evaluate your symptoms and customize an effective treatment plan for you. We can also find the root cause of your condition and discuss ways for you to keep it under control.

Understanding carpal tunnel syndrome

Inside your wrist is a median nerve that runs through a narrow path. This passageway, called the carpal tunnel, is on the palm side of your hand, surrounded by bones and ligaments. The “tunnel” is formed by carpal bones on the bottom of your wrist and a ligament that runs across the top of your wrist. If your nerve in this area gets squeezed, you can experience carpal tunnel syndrome.

Your median nerve can get compressed for various reasons — one of those being the excessive use of your hands and wrists.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

Your pain or numbness typically intensifies at night and can disrupt sleep. Because these symptoms mimic those of other medical conditions, you should schedule an appointment to come and see us for an accurate diagnosis if you experience these issues.

Jobs that can promote carpal tunnel syndrome

Industries requiring tedious and repetitive use of your hands can put you at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has named the following as the most high risk for leading to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome: 

  1. Public administration
  2. Textile and fabric finishing
  3. Apparel manufacturing
  4. Animal processing

Careers in these categories can place a high demand on using your wrists and hands, keeping them in constant motion. This continuous action can cause pressure on your median nerve, which leads to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Preventing carpal tunnel syndrome

If you work in an industry that frequently uses your hands and wrists, you can take steps to help improve your condition and even prevent it. The goal is to reduce the strain on your wrist.

When at work, consider these actions:

If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you can relieve your pain and inflammation by sleeping in a wrist splint and taking over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can’t always be prevented or cured with certain remedies. Therefore, you may need surgery to release the pressure off your median nerve. During your consultation, we can discuss your treatment options to give you the best outcome.

If you’re suffering from symptoms that sound familiar, pick up the phone and call today or book an appointment online. We have offices in Metairie, Chalmette, and Covington, Louisiana, so schedule a visit at the location nearest you.

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