Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is an injury that causes an array of problems, including loss of strength, pain, swelling, and tingling in the wrist and hand.
The carpal tunnel is a narrow groove of small bones in the wrist. Tendons and the median nerve pass through the carpal tunnel from the forearm to the hand. Irritation and swelling of the tendons may put pressure on the nerve, which causes the symptoms of CTS.
Factors Increasing the Risk of CTS
Certain factors increase one’s risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. These include:
- Genetic predisposition
- Injury or trauma
- Medical conditions
- Performing repetitive movements, like typing and mouse usage in the workplace
- Breast cancer
Additionally, women are three times more likely than men to develop CTS. Some believe that this is due to smaller bones in the female wrist or because of varying amounts of hormones in the body.
The risk increases for both sexes as an individual ages, and women are at a higher risk for CTS between the ages of 45 and 54. Smokers also face a more difficult recovery than non-smokers.
Symptoms of CTS
Generally speaking, CTS begins with a feeling of either burning, tingling, numbness, or some combination of these, in the wrist and hand – mostly in the index and middle fingers and the thumb. Initially symptoms tend to be more severe at night, which may be a delayed consequence of daytime activities. As CTS worsens, the numbness and tingling may become painful. This pain and tingling may also be felt more regularly during the daytime. CTS generally affects the palm side of the dominant hand.
CTS symptoms tend to get worse over time, even making it difficult to grasp things in one’s hand, as well as causing a person to lose their sense of temperature by touch.
Treatments for CTS
There are several treatments for CTS. These include:
- Wrist splints
- Physical therapy
The cost for carpal tunnel syndrome medical care is estimated at $2 billion annually in the Unites States, mostly as a result of surgery.
Dealing with CTS can be a real pain – both physically and mentally. That is why prevention is the best way to go if possible.
There are several things that can help to prevent CTS. These include:
- Doing wrist and finger exercises
- Preventing workplace musculoskeletal injury
- Relaxing your grip
- Staying warm
- Taking breaks
- Varying tasks
- Employing good ergonomics to lessen strain
If you or a loved one has been injured while at work, it can impact not only your physical and emotional wellbeing, but also your financial state. The inability to work at all or to work full-time can significantly affect you and your family. For this reason, it is advisable to claim Workers’ Compensation for medical treatments of your work-related injuries and loss of income.
Wilmington Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Help Those Have Developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome on the Job
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