While industries in Arizona such as construction, transport and manufacturing pose significant hazards, workers in the tech industry and clerical positions are also at risk. However, except for slip-and-fall and other unanticipated events, they are more susceptible to gradual injuries. One of the most prevalent of these is carpal tunnel syndrome, which results from repetitive use of the wrists over an extended period.
The syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve that runs in the carpal tunnel from the arm, through the wrist, and into the hand. Victims typically experience numb, swollen or itchy fingers with a gradual decrease in strength of grip. The condition can develop into chronic pain in the employee's hands, wrists or arms. Although many occupations involve repetitive motions, employees in the tech industry are especially vulnerable.