The effects of repeated mechanical trauma in the meat industry
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Meat handlers are more prone to traumatic hand lesions and wound infections than most other occupational groups. This paper deals with the carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), which is thought to be a major occupationally related condition affecting thousands of workers engaged in repetitive hand motion tasks. The literature reveals a high prevalence of CTS among meat handlers. Additional epidemiological research is needed. Further, it is important to educate workers about the signs, symptoms, and causes of CTS.