More than eight million people are impacted by carpal tunnel syndrome each year. What exactly is this syndrome, what causes it, and how is it treated?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: The Facts
Carpal tunnel syndrome is also known as median nerve compression. The median nerve runs the entire length of the arm and controls the movement and feeling in the thumb and all of the fingers with the exception of the pinky.
In the wrist, the median nerve has to pass through an area called the carpal tunnel. When this space becomes smaller, pressure is put on the median nerve and a patient begins to experience symptoms.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
These sensations could be just in the hand or could travel up the entire length of the arm.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel?
There are many causes of carpal tunnel syndrome, including:
- Repetitive motions
For many, the repetitive motions that are done at work every single day are what cause their carpal tunnel syndrome.
Industries Where Workers Are Commonly Diagnosed With Carpal Tunnel
Industries, where workers are frequently diagnosed with carpal tunnel, include:
- Computer/keyboard-based industries
The symptoms that are associated with carpal tunnel syndrome can severely impact an employee’s ability to do their job.
How Is Carpal Tunnel Treated?
The treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome varies from patient to patient and may include:
- Medication: Anti-inflammatories and steroids are common medications prescribed for this condition.
- Physical Therapy: Exercises and stretches can help to alleviate the symptoms.
- Immobilization: A splint or brace may be issued to a patient.
- Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be required.
Ultimately, lifestyle and career changes could be required.
If you are struggling to recover compensation through workers’ comp for carpal tunnel syndrome, it could be time to seek a consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.