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Carpal tunnel syndrome: What it is and how to prevent it

| Nov 24, 2020 | Work Injuries

Most people in the Freehold area have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome. Many actually may think that they have this injury. Carpal tunnel is a condition that happens to many workers in New Jersey and across the United States. But what is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve. The carpal tunnel is actually a narrow passageway in the palm side of a person’s hand that is surrounded by bones and ligaments. The median nerve controls movement and feeling in the thumb and fingers.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Numbness, tingling, or pain in the thumb and first three fingers
  • Pain or tingling that runs up the arm to the shoulder
  • Hand weakness that makes it hard to complete daily tasks

Causes of carpal tunnel syndrome

A main cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is repetitive motions. This can include typing or any other wrist movements that are done over and over. Those who work on a computer all day are at risk, along with assembling line workers and professional drivers.

Legal help for carpal tunnel

Carpal tunnel that is caused by a job is common. There are many tasks that office workers and warehouse workers that are repetitive and can cause a carpal tunnel injury. Workers who are affected by carpal tunnel syndrome have a right to make a workers’ compensation claim. Workers compensation can include payment for medical expenses, therapy bills and lost wages. A legal professional who is skilled in workers’ compensation can help their client understand their legal options.