PA Workers Comp Safety: Carpal Tunnel and Data Entry

Those in Pennsylvania that work data entry jobs (or any other type of job that requires a lot of typing) work in generally safe environments. However, this does not mean they are guaranteed to be free from harm.
Those that spend most of their day typing are at serious risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome.  Carpal tunnel syndrome is a wrist injury that usually occurs from repetitive motion. Symptoms include pain, numbness, and/or tingling in the thumb, pointer, middle, and ring finger. Women are three times more likely than men to develop this condition, and those with diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis are at a higher risk as well.
Fortunately, there are some steps data entry workers can take to lower their chances of suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s good practice to get up from your desk and stretch every 20-60 minutes. You should also make sure that you are using proper ergonomics. The height of your chair should put your forearms level with the keyboard to prevent any straining. You can also consider using an ergonomic keyboard as well as a cushioned mouse pad.
It’s also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle outside of the office. Health problems such a diabetes and arthritis as well as bad habits such as smoking and eating unhealthy foods can increase your risk for carpal tunnel. Exercise, get plenty of rest, and try to eat a balanced diet.
If you suffer from work-related carpal tunnel syndrome, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. If you live in Harrisburg, Lancaster, or Chambersburg and think you may be entitled to benefits, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 send us a message.
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