Saute Pan Elbow? Prevention is the Key to a Long, Comfortable Culinary Career

Repetitive Injuries in Culinary Careers

There's a reason they call it "breakneck" speed. At some point, fast, repetitive movements catch up with you. Chefs among the most common professionals to report carpal tunnel syndrome because the inherently repetitive motions their hands and wrists experience on a daily basis.

Still, carpal tunnel is just one of many kinds of repetitive stress injuries (also known as RSIs) that chefs fall victim to. They often report a range of injuries from upper back and neck pain, to tendonitis, to herniated disks in the lower back.

Learn Prevention During Culinary Training

Apart from the obvious discomfort of these injuries, chefs and others in culinary careers risk slowing the production line. The good news is that culinary training emphasizes injury prevention. There are degenerative injuries that appear over time; the earlier you catch them, the more likely you are to beat them.

It's difficult to avoid the occasional cut or burn, but early treatment of these injuries can ward off the surgeon's knife. Take the time during your culinary training to learn about common repetitive injuries and how to prevent them. Your body (and your boss) will thank you.

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