New Data on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

December 17, 2018

From 2007 – 2014, more than 139,000 California workers suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). The highest rates of CTS were found in industries that manufacture apparel, process food, and perform administrative work, where workers are often required to perform repetitive tasks and/or maintain awkward postures. Women were found to have a CTS rate more than 3x that among men, with persons aged 45-54 most impacted.

You can learn more about CTS in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s October 5th issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Click here to read: Rates of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in a State Workers’ Compensation Information System, by Industry and Occupation – California, 2007 – 2014.

Ergonomics hazards and CTS can be decreased through workplace changes that modify tasks, workstations, tools, and equipment, to prevent injury and illness.

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