The National Institutes of Health indicate that those who perform repetitive tasks, such as typing or working on an assembly line, increase their chances of suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. Additionally, women are three times more likely to contract carpal tunnel than men, due to physiological differences.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a vital nerve that runs through your wrist is compressed by swelling in surrounding ligaments. As the condition progresses, individuals experience pain throughout their hand or arm. Over time, carpal tunnel can get much worse if it is left untreated. Crucial hand muscles can deteriorate as a result of the incapacitating condition.
Most people who deal with carpal tunnel syndrome treat their pain with medication or surgery. Though the surgical option is often successful, it may not be a desirable option, because it may sideline individuals from doing their job.
Employers, however, can take precautionary measures to protect employees against these types of injuries. For those working in offices, employers can install desks and other equipment that are specifically designed to mitigate the risk of repetitive motion injuries. Additionally, factory managers could occasionally have assembly line workers switch-up their duties to avoid injury. Additionally, employers can suggest various stretching and strengthening exercises that can help those who already suffer from carpal tunnel.
Above all, workers may be able to seek workers’ compensation payments if they suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of doing their job. If a case of carpal tunnel syndrome progresses, it can prevent a person from being able to perform the normal functions of their occupation. Fortunately, Pennsylvania state law is very fair to workers, so obtaining compensation for a work-related injury is not out of the question if you seek the right legal assistance.
Source: Fox News, “Carpal tunnel syndrome: What you need to know,” Mar. 6, 2012