Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Affects Many Workers
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs when a person’s wrist is exposed to repetitive movements and strain on a regular basis often performing work duties. Besides repetitive movements, CTS can also be caused by other medical conditions such as diabetes and hypothyroidism. In CTS, the tunnel that provides passage of the median nerve (one of the three nerves that run through the wrist and into the hand) is compressed or pinched, which can lead to pain and decreased function of the wrist and hand.
What symptoms are caused by carpal tunnel syndrome?
The compression of the median nerve commonly produces the following symptoms:
- Numbness, tingling and pain in the hand, wrist and forearm
- Impaired or lost nerve function
- Reduced muscle control
- Reduced grip strength
What are the treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome?
Treatments for CTS vary based upon the severity, but commonly conservative therapy is begun with NonSteroidal Anti-Inflammatories such as Ibuprofen. Wrist braces are also prescribed to help stabilize the carpal tunnel keeping it in a neutral position, which helps to alleviate pain and numbness. If conservative treatments fail, then cortisone injections sometimes can be successful. However, for a small number of individuals, none of these therapies proves to be useful. The next step in treatment is to perform surgery to release the tension and compression on the carpal tunnel.
Is CTS considered a work-related injury under the Kansas and Missouri workers’ compensation law?
Depending on the facts of your case, carpal tunnel syndrome is compensable under Kansas laws and Missouri workers’ compensation laws. Benefits can include payment of your medical treatment, weekly checks while you are off work and financial compensation for permanent disability or impairment.
If you’ve suffered carpal tunnel syndrome from a work injury, call our workers’ compensation attorney Tim Alvarez at 913-371-1030. You can also arrange a free consultation with a lawyer by emailing our Kansas office.
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