Carpal tunnel from typing is one of the most common Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) suffered by office workers. Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the hand and can be seriously painful and debilitating.
Carpal tunnel from typing – what is it?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused pressure on a nerve in your wrist. It results in tingling, numbness and pain in the hand and fingers. Though you can often treat carpal tunnel syndrome yourself, it can take months to get better.
The most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Aches and pain in the fingers, hands or arms
- Tingling sensations or pins and needles
- Weak thumbs and difficulty gripping
- Numb hands
Carpal tunnel from typing – how to treat it
There is little to no evidence that painkillers provide any relief from carpal tunnel syndrome so don’t turn to them.
Instead, you should use a wrist splint. This will help keep your wrist straight and thus release the pressure on the nerve. The best time to wear the splint is at night whilst you sleep. You may need to wear the splint for at least four weeks before the symptoms start alleviating.
If this doesn’t work, make an appointment with your GP. They may well recommend a steroid injection around your wrist. This will help reduce the swelling around the nerve.
The worst cases of carpal tunnel syndrome may even require surgery to treat.
Carpal tunnel from typing – how to avoid it
Take regular breaks from your keyboard. Regular breaks are the single most important element in preventing a range of Repetitive Strain Injuries in the office. You should also be using the right equipment to help protect yourself.
The most important bit of kit in preventing carpal tunnel from typing is an ergonomic keyboard. This makes typing more comfortable and natural for the hands.
Employers have a legal obligation to make the working environment and equipment safe for all employees. This includes taking steps to guard against Repetitive Strain Injuries. Failure to meet these obligations is negligence and leaves employers liable for injuries at work claims.
If you think you are eligible to claim for an RSI suffered at work, call Accident Advice Helpline today. After an initial, no-obligation consultation with our advisors, our lawyers will take your case on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis.
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Date Published: May 9, 2017
Author: Accident Advice