People do not tend to think of the workplace or the home as places where you risk injury. However there are some conditions that can occur as a result of repetitive tasks and this can be the case if you are constantly typing, writing or other forms of repetition.
One of these may be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It helps to know the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as this can help to ascertain whether or not the condition was caused by your workplace.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is caused by a trapped nerve on the side of the wrist that connects the forearm to the palm.
Causes of this condition are said to include-
- Oral contraceptives
- Benign tumours
The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Symptoms of the condition include:Open Claim Calculator
- Numbness in arm
- Tingling in arm
- Burning sensation in arm
- Pain in wrists
- Pain around the hands
- Loss of grip strength
CTS is generally treated with oral or injected steroids, splints and surgical release of the ligament. Some people also use alternative treatments such as yoga, lasers and exercise therapy. There is some debate as to whether or not these work, though exercise and yoga are beneficial for health in general anyway.
Is CTS work related?
There is some debate as to whether Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is work related.
Potential work-related CTS causes include:
- Using vibrating tools
- Repeatedly bending your wrist
- Regular heavy lifting
- Direct pressure on the carpal tunnel
Regardless of whether or not these repeated tasks can cause CTS, it is still something that good working practices should prevent. Workplaces ought to encourage people to take regular breaks and not have people doing the same task repeatedly for an overly lengthy period of time. Aside from being good for employees’ health, it is also sensible in order to ensure that people stay alert and productive rather than doing tasks on autopilot!
Making a CTS claim
Having to do some heavy lifting or using vibrating tools for a short period of time should not cause CTS. However, an excessive amount of time can increase the risk. If you feel that your workplace is not placing sufficient emphasis on preventing CTS or other repetitive task-related injuries then it is worth making a claim not only to get compensation for your own injuries but also to improve the health and safety of the workplace.
If you are concerned about this then it is worth contacting Accident Advice Helpline. We can discuss your symptoms and help you decide if you wish to pursue a claim. With over 13 years of experience and endorsement by consumer rights champion Esther Rantzen it is worth calling our 24 hour helpline to find out more.