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Workers’ compensation and carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition of the wrist that is caused by repetitive movements. It is common and can be considered a work-related injury in some cases. If those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome can prove that job duties indeed caused the condition, they may be eligible for compensation.

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when swelling in the wrist compresses nerves and tendons. It causes pain, tingling and numbness in the wrist, hand and fingers and can also affect dexterity and grip strength. Symptoms are often made worse by movement.

Carpal tunnel can be caused by a variety of factors, such as age, pregnancy, or repetitive motions, often work-related, with the hands and wrist. That is why there must be proof that the condition is indeed related to work to be deemed eligible for workers’ compensation.

Carpal tunnel cases have gone up dramatically since the 1990s as people have spent more time using computers and typing. Surgery is one treatment, but other less invasive options to treat carpal tunnel include rest, steroid injections, medications and braces.

If you believe that you have developed work-related carpal tunnel syndrome, you should report it to your employer. You may also find it appropriate to contact an attorney who specializes in work injuries and workers’ compensation cases. They can help you provide proof that your job did contribute to the condition.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common work-related conditions. Should you need to provide proof that your job has caused your pain, contact a workers’ compensation attorney who can help.

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