Grocery workers of a known establishment in Cainta, Rizal is at high risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) due to repetitive work movements.
A study1 analyzing the association between repetitive movements of grocery workers in a known supermarket in Cainta, Rizal and the prevalence of the CTS revealed that workers with jobs that are repetitive, continuous, needing power grip, and requiring wrist bent or in an awkward posture were likely to develop the syndrome caused by work.
A group of 68 selected grocery workers comprising of cashiers, merchandisers, promodisers, baggers, stockroom personnel, porters, housekeeping personnel, receiving staff, and drivers were interviewed and tested using the Health and Safety Executive – Assessment of Repetitive Task (HSE-ART), a validated tool in screening repetitive tasks that may contribute to the development of several upper limb disorders. Among the jobs performed, merchandisers, or those restocking product on the shelves throughout the day, and cashiers, whose work involves exposure to back, neck, and wrist pain, among others, were considered to have the highest risk of developing the syndrome. Meanwhile, workers whose job requires exerting very strong efforts with the hand, regardless of the frequency, also showed great CTS prevalence.
1Malimban, Janine G., et al. (2016). Association of Repetitive Movements and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome among Grocery Workers in Cainta, Rizal: An Analytical Cross-Sectional Study. The Filipino Family Physician, Volume 54 (1), pp. 13-23.
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- Published: 29 June 2016