Weeding - carpal tunnel/repetitive motion injury?
I started working for a landscaping company in the beginning of April. A lot of what we do is maintenance, and since most of the guys I work with would much rather mulch than weed - I'm the designated weeder much of the time.
I'm using a hand tool similar to the one linked below. Over the past several weeks, I've been experiencing some tingling in my dominant (left) hand and arm. It is similar to the feeling when my hand/arm "fall asleep", but it is usually more of a subtle feeling.
I think it might be related to the several hours a day I spend weeding. Does this make sense? Do you have suggestions for preventing further injury? Because of the nature of my job, I can't really refuse to weed, though if I'm risking a serious problem, I suppose I could just quit my job. Are there other tools that would be equally effective, but safer? Will going back to yoga (lots of postures involve using hands/arms) help limit the progression of any injury? Do I need to see a doctor?
Thanks for any input.
Here is a link that might be useful: Weeding Tool