Have you experienced numbness in your hands? Do your fingers feel like they are being stuck with pins and needles? If so, you could be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. This injury occurs frequently in jobs where people make small, repetitive tasks, such as typing or punching numbers on a calculator.
If you were injured at work, then please contact Cimarron Ridge Legal Group today. Our workplace injury attorneys in Grand Junction have fought on behalf of thousands of injured workers, and we are eager to assist.
What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The median nerve runs down the middle of the arm and into the hand. At the wrist, it passes through the carpal tunnel. Repetitive actions can cause ligaments in the tunnel to become inflamed, which can then put pressure on the median nerve. Consequently, many works will experience the following symptoms:
- Weak grip
- Burning or tingling sensation in palm, thumb, and/or fingers
- Numbness in the hand
- Tingling sensation that travels up the arm
- Shock-like sensations when moving a finger or the thumb
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a serious injury. Up to 10 million Americans suffer from it. A variety of jobs can lead to this syndrome, including stationary jobs requiring lots of typing. Others who are vulnerable include those who work in manufacturing and retail.
To prevent it, workers should take regular breaks from micro-tasks to stretch their hands and wrists. They should also immediately rest if they suspect a problem so that their injury does not worsen. If you type a lot at work, you can also ask your boss to set up an ergonomic workstation.
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Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The treatment a person receives depends on the severity of their condition. Mild to moderate inflammation might only require rest and over the counter medication or possibly steroid injections to reduce swelling. After a few weeks, a worker could possibly return to their job.
More serious symptoms could require surgery, where the surgeon cuts the ligament that is pressing on the median nerve. As the ligament grows back, it leaves more room for the median nerve, which should prevent compression from recurring. Surgery is often followed by extensive rehabilitation. Some workers might need to wear splits that can restrict their range of movement.
If you experience any pain or numbness in your hand, get to a doctor right away. Your doctor can rule out other causes for your symptoms (such as arthritis) and order an X-ray to see what is going on in your hand and wrist.
Obtaining Compensation for Your Injury
Like other repetitive stress injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome is covered by workers’ compensation. The key to qualifying for benefits is showing that you have suffered the injury because of your job. If you qualify, you should receive reasonably necessary medical care for free. You can also qualify for a portion of your lost wages.
Contact a Grand Junction Workplace Injury Attorney Today
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