One of the biggest concerns among those with careers that involve sitting in front of computers is the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition, which primarily affects the hands and wrists is most notable among those whose job duties involve routine, repetitive tasks. The good news is, for those that feel they may be at risk of developing this condition there is something that can help reduce this risk while simultaneously improving productivity and efficiency. That something is IT process automation.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Wikipedia defines carpal tunnel syndrome as a “median entrapment neuropathy” in which the median nerve, located in the wrist, becomes frequently compressed. The result of this compression over time is a medical condition which causes everything from pronounced numbness to pain that ranges from minor to excruciating. The long-term effects of carpal tunnel include permanent nerve damage, constant numbness, pronounced weakness and chronic pain. Treatment options include everything from physical therapy to steroid injections and, in severe cases, even surgery.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel?
While there is some evidence that CTS can be more prevalent in those that are genetically predisposed for the condition – such as people who suffer from obesity, diabetes, hypothyroidism, arthritis and sometimes those who are pregnant – the main contributing factor for most people diagnosed with carpal tunnel is the heavy manual work they complete on a consistent basis using their hands and or wrists. For instance, administrative professionals who do a lot of typing, use the mouse frequently and do other repetitive tasks with their hands are particularly at risk for developing the condition.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has indicated that jobs requiring highly repetitive manual tasks have been associated with diagnosed cases of carpal tunnel, and much research is still being conducted on the subject. So what can one do if they find themselves to be at risk of developing CTS? If the work has to be done, how can that risk be avoided? The answer is simple. Through the use of IT process automation.
How Can IT Process Automation Help?
While the use of splints and braces may provide some outside support for the wrist and thereby prevent some of the damage, it will not necessarily address the long term concern of CTS. The only true way to prevent damage to the median nerve is to reduce the repetitive tasks being performed. When you implement IT process automation into your current work environment, a vast majority of the repetitive, manual tasks can be automated. This means less repetitive motion and subsequent pressure on the delicate nerves in the wrist, which can reduce the chances of damage leading to carpal tunnel.
IT process automation isn’t just for IT professionals. This innovative technology can be used to automate virtually any pain point within your organization – including the repetitive manual tasks being performed by admins, such as data entry and file management. Not only will this automation help keep admins healthier by preventing injuries like CTS, but it will also free up valuable time and resources that can be better spent on other important business matters. It’s a win-win for everyone!