You may work as a temp worker or full-time administrative worker in the Chicago area where you have to use a computer and type all day. Or perhaps you work on an assembly line making the same repetitive motions each day every day. In either of these scenarios it is not uncommon for workers to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes a person to experience pain and numbness in the affected hand or arm. It involves the median nerve in the hand that is compressed as it goes through the wrist. It is a condition that can worsen over time. If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to nerve damage and a worsened condition. The symptoms are often stronger at night. Some workers may need surgery to relive carpal tunnel syndrome.
Causes of carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is often caused by numerous factors. Women and older workers are more apt to contract carpal tunnel syndrome. Heredity is a factor in carpal tunnel syndrome as is repetitive hand use. Hand and wrist position can also impact carpal tunnel syndrome, as can pregnancy and pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and thyroid problems. Carpal tunnel syndrome often starts off gradually and many workers do not realize they have it until the condition has worsened.
Learn more about workers’ compensation
Temp workers, office workers and assembly workers are all prone to developing carpal tunnel syndrome. This is a serious condition that could prevent them from doing their jobs. If this happens a worker may choose to pursue workers’ compensation. Navigating the workers’ compensation without help can be intimidating. Fortunately, attorneys at our firm are available to listen to your workers’ compensation concerns.