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Hand and wrist symptoms may indicate carpal tunnel syndrome

On Behalf of | May 1, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

While most people think of areas like construction and agriculture when they think of workplace hazards, every job has some level of inherent risk. Even primarily stationary jobs like office positions can result in workplace injuries.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a type of repetitive strain injury (damage that arises from repetitive motion) that affects the hand and wrist and often impacts cosmetology, office and factory workers.

Radiating and intermittent pain

One of the main symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome is pain, burning or dullness in the hand and wrist that may radiate up the arm to the neck. This pain may not be constant, occurring only at certain times, such as in the evening, and it may be accompanied by numbness, stiffness or tingling (a pins and needles sensation). The fingers may also feel swollen.

Decreased function

Carpal tunnel syndrome may also result in a loss of hand strength. Individuals may not be able to grip objects as tightly and may experience difficulty performing hand tasks that require more finesse, such as writing. The hand may be weaker overall.

common cause of work-related disability, carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to permanent loss of hand function if not properly treated. If caught in time, there are many non-surgical options, such as steroid shots, medication and physical therapy, for treatment, but in severe cases, surgery may be necessary. Workers who believe they developed carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of their workplace duties or conditions have the option to file for workers’ compensation benefits to help relieve the cost of treatment and rehabilitation.