What is carpal tunnel syndrome? Today’s ergonomic infographic covers the topic and for more information you can read our other articles about gift ideas for people with carpal tunnel and the best carpal tunnel braces for wrist pain.
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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Many office workers spend long hours performing repetitive tasks at their computers. This activity can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful and sometimes disabling condition forcing afflicted employees to take substantial amounts of time off.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Brief Introduction
- Carpal tunnel syndrome is a neurological disease of the wrist.
- It is caused by long-term irritation of the median nerve, the important nerve that links the hand and the forearm.
- This nerve runs through a narrow tunnel of tendons and ligaments.
- These tendons and ligaments may become inflamed or thickened through overuse, leading to compression of the median nerve and a range of painful symptoms.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The symptoms of median nerve compression can vary from one patient to another. Some of the most common manifestations include the following:
- Itching, tingling or burning in the fingers or the palm of the hand
- Difficulty picking up small objects
- Sharp pain located in the wrist or radiating through the lower arm
- Loss of grip strength
- Repeatedly “shaking out” the hands or wrists
- Decreased temperature sensitivity in the hands and fingers
These symptoms can cause partial or total disability.
Occupational Causes Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- All employees who engage in repetitive work with the hands and fingers may be at risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.
- According to the OSHA, 1.8 million American workers suffer job-related musculoskeletal injuries every year, including carpal tunnel syndrome.
- The syndrome is especially common among data entry professionals and other people who must type uninterrupted for hours every day.
- Overuse of power tools and other vibrating machinery can also lead to inflammation and median nerve damage.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Workers’ Compensation Laws
- Recent amendments to Illinois workers’ compensation law may affect employees living with carpal tunnel syndrome and other forms of work-related nerve damage.
- Section 8(e)9 of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act restricts the amount of permanent partial disability that may be paid to a worker with repetitive wrist trauma to 57 weeks, or little more than a year.
- Fortunately, Section 8(e)9 contains an exception for employees whose condition is aggravated by a crush injury or blunt force trauma on the job.
- Many Chicago workers are struggling with the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Injured employees may wish to discuss their case with a Illinois workers’ comp attorney.
Thank you to Sheldon I. Minkow & Associates for sharing this infographic!