by Ned Stoller Ned Stoller

Carpal Tunnel AT Work

Squeeze. Twist. Shake. Repeat.  Squeeze. Twist. Shake. Repeat.  Now what, pain and numbness you say?  The median nerve that controls a workers hand passes through a narrow tunnel in the wrist formed by bones and the carpal ligament.  High-force squeezing, sharply twisted wrists and vibrations of the hands irritate this median nerve inside the carpal tunnel.  Repeating these irritating motions can permanently restrict the carpal tunnel.  This is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome resulting in the disabling symptoms of numbness and pain.  There are practical techniques to reduce irritating motions without stopping the work.



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Folding Ladders Keep Workers Climbing

Can you lift a leg high enough to step up onto a bar stool?  Skilled tradesmen are forced to do that each time they climb onto heavy machinery.  Powerful machinery saves labor and allows skilled trade workers to complete difficult tasks safely and efficiently.  Workers with disabling illness or injury need these machines more than ever, but struggle to access the operator station.  We will discuss how skilled tradesmen use heavy machinery and the typical methods to climb into the operator station.  With custom designed folding ladders, skilled workers with disabling illness or injury can safely climb to the operator’s station and continue their careers.

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Arthritis Month In The Workshop

Magnetic pick up tool for collecting small items instead of pinching them between two fingers.May is Arthritis month because arthritis has to be taken seriously. It’s America’s primary cause of disability and can be painful, debilitating and costly.  Disability Work Tools and the Arthritis Foundation have parallel goals of improving daily life for people with arthritis.  There are many ways to adapt tools and work methods for mechanics, welders and fabricators to do their work with less pain in spite of arthritic hands and arms.

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The Best Rehabilitation Strategy for Your Patient Who Won’t Stay on the Couch

What does a therapist or rehabilitation professional picture in their mind when they hear “Easy Lift Harness”? Gait training harness. Gait training walker. Body weight support. Patient lifts.     Does an occupational therapist picture an “Easy Lift harness” when Bobby, a self-employed professional arborist (tree trimmer), comes in with a shoulder injury limiting range [...]

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Trailer Hitching Aids

Almost every hands-on job requires the use of a trailer to haul supplies, materials, equipment or commodities at some point or another.  Carpenters haul lumber and demolition waste, farmers haul feed, veterinarians haul livestock equipment, welder/fabrication shops pick up and deliver products, mechanics trailer cars, grounds keepers haul bark mulch, homeowners carry yard waste or [...]

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