What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most common type of repetitive stress injury. It is when the median nerve becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of your thumb and fingers, as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that control movement.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may include pain, tingling or numbness, and weakness in the hand, wrist, and forearm that tend to develop gradually. Although these types of symptoms may indicate other conditions, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most common type of injury. Symptoms can affect your job, your day to day activities, and your quality of sleep.
How does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Develop?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome develops when the median nerve and tendons in the carpal tunnel become pressed or squeezed at the wrist. Exposure to persistent and repetitive strain on your wrists can cause an onset of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Trauma or injury to the wrist such as a strain or fracture, repeated or constant exposure to vibrations, and general work stress can all cause mechanical problems in the wrist, hand, and forearm. Generally women are at a higher risk for developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Symptoms typically start in the dominate hand, which can also experience increased pain and sensitivity.
How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treated?
There are several treatment options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Non-surgical methods are available through anti-inflammatory drugs with stretching and strengthening exercises that can alleviate pain and discomfort. If the non-surgical methods are unsuccessful, surgical methods can be used (either endoscopic or open release type surgeries).
Is Carpal Tunnel Covered Under Missouri Law?
Depending on the facts of the issue, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is covered under Missouri Workers Compensation laws. Compensation can be issued for several different aspects when dealing with Missouri compensation laws including lost wages, doctor visits, and permanent damage or impairment.
If Carpal Tunnel Syndrome affects and/or impairs you and your daily life, contact your doctor. If you feel that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has developed or increased in severity due to work-related activity you may have a case.
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