Carpal tunnel may seem innocuous, but it has the potential to greatly affect a person’s life. According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, carpal tunnel syndrome is most likely to affect women between the ages of 45 and 64. However, it has the potential to affect both men and women, regardless of age.
It can be extremely difficult to prove carpal tunnel developed as a result of excessive wrist motions in the workplace. That is the only kind of injury that would qualify someone for workers comp. All people should be cognizant of their body and take action when the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome develop.
There are several symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. One of the most common is weakness in the hand. Tasks that were once easy, such as lifting up a pencil or opening a door, may become much more challenging. Additional symptoms include:
- A “pins and needles” type of pain
- Excessive shaking
- Difficulty discerning between cold and hot temperatures
Many people attempt to “shake out” their hands to relieve any discomfort. Over time, that may no longer work. People should seek treatment as soon as symptoms develop rather than wait to see if they get better on their own.
Carpal tunnel syndrome most often develops due to repeated stress on the median nerve. This is the nerve that runs through a person’s forearm into the wrist. It allows you to move muscles within the wrist, including the one responsible for the base of the thumb. Some common work-related tasks that result in carpal tunnel syndrome include typing, pressing objects or using a cash register. Sometimes a person simply needs to give his or her wrist some rest to relieve the symptoms. Other times, a person needs steroid injections or surgery to find relief.