Numbness and tingling in your hands may be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome. CTS often begins with minimal symptoms such as burning, itching and tingling in your palm, thumb, index finger and/or middle fingers. It gradually increases in frequency and becomes more prevalent when untreated.
Other symptoms of CTS might include a feeling of having swollen fingers, even though the fingers do not appear swollen. The symptoms may be worse at night when your wrists are flexed. You may feel like shaking your hands outs when you wake up. Eventually, the symptoms may become chronic, making it difficult to grip things or grasp small objects. If left untreated, the muscles located at the base of the thumb could deteriorate.
The important thing is to seek treatment early when you have symptoms such as described above. Testing can be performed to diagnose CTS or rule out other possible causes. Early diagnosis and treatment can help you avoid more severe and possibly even permanent damage.
CTS can be caused by repetitive movements in the wrists and hands, such as typing, using vibrating hand tools, excessive writing, assembly line work and other repeated motions. These activities may be work-related.
CTS, and another closely related syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome (symptoms in the elbow, forearm, little finger and ring finger stemming from frequent pressure on the elbow) are common conditions that are eligible for workers’ compensation. If you experience one of these conditions from a work-related activity, your employer’s insurance should cover treatment. If you are unsure, contact a workers’ compensation attorney at the onset of your symptoms or diagnosis. Your attorney can help you process your workers’ compensation claim and ensure that you get the proper treatment and compensation you deserve to get back to daily living.