Workers’ Compensation for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Repetitive stress injuries are common on the job, with carpal tunnel syndrome being one of the most discussed. However, there is another type of repetitive motion affecting Pennsylvania workers: cubital tunnel syndrome.
What Is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?
According to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, cubital tunnel syndrome is “a condition that involves pressure or stretching of the ulnar nerve (also known as the “funny bone” nerve), which can cause numbness or tingling in the ring and small fingers, pain in the forearm, and/or weakness in the hand. The ulnar nerve runs in a groove on the inner side of the elbow.”
Where carpal tunnel tends to affect thumbs and the first two or three fingers on your hand, cubital tunnel tends to affect your pinky and ring fingers, leading to problems gripping things, hand weakness, and pain. Elbow pain is also common.
How Is The Ulnar Nerve Injured?
Ulnar nerve damage leading to cubital tunnel syndrome has a few potential causes, according to ASSH:
- Pressure: Leaning on the elbow, resting the elbow on an elbow rest during a long-distance drive, or other forms of direct pressure can compress the nerve.
- Stretching: If your elbow is bent for very long periods of time, the nerve can stretch. This sometimes happens, for example, while you’re sleeping.
- Movement: The nerve tends to move back and forth over a bony protrusion in the elbow. Over time, this repeated movement irritates the nerve, cause the soft tissue over the nerve to thicken, and ultimately prevent the nerve from working properly.
How Can You Get Cubital Tunnel Syndrome On The Job?
Cubital tunnel syndrome due to work usually affects people whose jobs require repetitive motion. The types of jobs that may lead to cubital tunnel problems are similar to those that lead to carpal tunnel. Just a few examples include:
- Office work
- Assembly line work
- Manufacturing and factory work
- Meatpacking/meat processing
- Mechanical repair work
- Construction work and carpentry
- Painters (using sprayers, holding brushes/scrapers)
- Musicians (using a bow, fingering of piano and other instruments)
- Cashiers/retail (using laser scanner at checkout)
- Locksmiths (turning keys)
Workers who develop cubital tunnel syndrome will need strong representation from highly experienced workers’ compensation lawyers—like those at Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo—because insurers frequently attempt to claim that this problem was not caused by work activities.
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