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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

One of the most common occupational diseases suffered by workers' compensation and personal injury claimants is carpal tunnel syndrome, a repetitive strain injury that can occur in many occupations where continual, repetitive action of the wrists and hands is required.

Tendons and ligaments at the wrist can become enlarged as a result of repetitive aggravation, usually from inflammation. The enlarged tendons and ligaments squeeze the median nerve that runs from the forearm to the hand in the "carpal tunnel." Carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, occurs when this median nerve that runs from the forearm to the hand becomes squeezed at the wrist. The narrowed tunnel of inflamed tendons and ligaments then pinches the nerves that reach to the fingers and muscles at the base of the thumb.

The consequences of CTS include pain, weakness, numbness, and a tingling sensation in the hands and wrists and can develop into difficulty making a fist or gripping things. Symptoms may first appear at night when the hands and wrists are at rest. Some instances of CTS can require surgery to treat or result in permanent injury.

If you are suffering any of the following symptoms, you should consider seeing your medical doctor as soon as possible to investigate the possibility of CTS:

  • numbness and tingling in the hands, especially occurring at night and after use of the hands
  • decreased feeling in your thumb, index, and long finger
  • an electric-like shock or tingling sensation in your hand
  • if holding your wrists in a bent down position for approximately one minute reproduces the symptoms

For the latest information on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

National Institute of Health's Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Information page

The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin has represented thousands of injured people in their personal injury cases. If you suspect that your CTS is a result of a work-related or personal injury, contact us today to see if you have a case. You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries.