Some workplace injuries have more obvious causes than others. For example, if a construction worker falls from scaffolding and breaks a bone, it is easy to say with little doubt, that injury resulted from the fall. However, musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tend to present symptoms gradually, making it more difficult to point a finger directly at the cause. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common work-related injury that is eligible for a workers compensation claim, if the problem resulted from work duties.
Even small repetitive motions can result in big issues
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by the compression of the median nerve that occurs when the transverse carpal ligament becomes inflamed after repetitive hand motions. There are a variety of professions in which workers commonly suffer from this work-place injury, including:
- Assembly line work
- Clerical and data entry
- Construction and carpentry
- Truck drivers
- Cafeteria attendants
- Hair stylists
Carpal tunnel syndrome can affect anyone who uses their hands or fingers in repetitive activities for their jobs. Whether you work in an office, striking the keys of your laptop 8 hours a day, or work as a professional musician or artist, you run the risk of being affected by the chronic pain associated with this condition.
What if you suspect you have carpal tunnel syndrome?
Data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicates that MSD injuries are some of the most commonly reported workplace injuries causing restricted or lost work time. Statistics suggests that this disorder is on the rise. If you develop symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, such as chronic pain and numbing of the fingers and hands, it’s important to not only report your injury to your employer but to also file a workers’ compensation claim.
You do not have to suffer with this condition. A doctor can help determine the severity of your injury and provide treatment options. Workers’ compensation benefits can cover the cost of treatment, including surgery, if necessary.