In Pennsylvania, workers who suffer carpal tunnel syndrome or other strain-related injuries are entitled to Pennsylvania workers compensation benefits. Those who often work with vibrating equipment such as jackhammers and sanders, as well those who routinely perform activities that involve repetitive or forceful hand/wrist movements such as hammering or typing are susceptible to carpal tunnel.
Repetitive strain injuries occur when someone repetitively performs a task that damages one or more parts of the body. Some examples include working with vibrating equipment, sitting in uncomfortable positions, bending over, heavy lifting, and typing. Some of the most common conditions associated with repetitive strain injuries include tendinitis, hearing loss, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder/rotator cuff injuries, herniated discs, aggravation of pre-existing conditions, as well as chronic neck, back, and joint pain. Symptoms include sore muscles, hurting joints, cramps, stiffness, tingling, and numbness.
To prevent repetitive strain injuries from taking place, it is best to change tools/grips, stretch regularly, take breaks, wear proper safety equipment, work with proper ergonomics, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and utilize proper lifting technique.