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Power Tools = Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Posted on March 13, 2013 by DrJeffHogan

Spring is a great time to start that new remodel project. You know the safety basics. But did you know that if used incorrectly, power tools can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. CTS is a condition in which the tendons passing through the carpal tunnel-a narrow channel of ligament that leads from the wrist to the hand-become thickened and inflamed. This leads to pressure on a nerve, causing pain, numbness and weakness in the hand.

To avoid CTS: Limit the time you use heavy-duty, vibrational tools, especially drills and jackhammers. Take breaks often, and stretch out to allow circulation in the wrists to recover. Maintain good posture of the neck and shoulders.

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