Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common and debilitating injuries seen in the workers' compensation system. Having the right legal representation and Doctors to help diagnose, treat and cure the effects is imperative.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused when the median nerve is compressed. It results in increased sensitivity, tingling, pain, weakness, or numbness in the fingers, hand, and wrist; the pinky finger remains largely unaffected. Night symptoms of numbness and/or pain are common in those suffering from this condition. In addition, it is not uncommon for many to experience symptoms bilaterally (on both sides of the body).

The risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome is not confined to people in a single industry or job, but is especially common in those performing assembly line work-manufacturing, sewing, finishing, cleaning, and meat, poultry, or fish packing. In fact, carpal tunnel syndrome is three times more common among assemblers than among data-entry personnel.

Early diagnosis and treatment are important to avoid permanent damage to the median nerve. A physical examination of the hands, arms, shoulders, and neck can help determine if the patient's complaints are related to daily activities or to an underlying disorder, and can rule out other painful conditions that mimic carpal tunnel syndrome. The wrist is examined for tenderness, swelling, warmth, and discoloration. Each finger is tested for sensation, and the muscles at the base of the hand should be examined for strength and signs of atrophy.

There are several ways to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, including surgical and non-surgical options. Finding the correct Doctors and medical staff to treat your specific case of carpal tunnel syndrome is made much easier with the aid of an experienced workers' compensation attorney/representative adept to handling such claims.

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