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Carpal Tunnel Work Related Injuries

• Sep 27th, 2013

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) can be very painful and debilitating. CTS is a medical condition where the median nerve is compressed at the wrist causing pain, paresthesias (the sensation of tingling, tickling, prickling or burning) and muscle weakness in the hand and forearm. The median nerve passes through a canal, the carpal tunnel, in the wrist. A decrease in the size of the canal or an increase in the size of the contents, or both can cause the median nerve to be compressed.

Most people who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome have symptoms that gradually increase over time. The first symptoms of CTS may appear when sleeping, and typically include numbness and paresthesia. Usually these symptoms occur at night because most people sleep with their wrists bent which further constricts the canal. Symptoms of progression include difficulty gripping and making a fist, dropping objects and weakness.

 CTS generally develops due to increased hand use or activity. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is aggravated by repetitive activities such as grasping and manipulating objects. Some common activities that are believed to contribute to and induce Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include:

 

  • Using power tools on a regular basis

  • Computer keyboarding or typing

  • Any activity where hand use is routine and vigorous (typists, dentists for example)

Many treatment options are available. The decision is based on the severity and cause of the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Some of the options for treatment include immobilizing braces, localized steroid injections, prioritizing hand activities and ergonomics, medication, and carpal tunnel release surgery. Most carpal tunnel workers’ compensation cases are controversial and sometimes tricky to prove. Contact an attorney immediately if you believe you are suffering from CTS and are entitled to benefits covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Knowledgeable legal counsel is available and dedicated to making sure you receive the benefits you are entitled.

 

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