One of the common industrial conditions is carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition is totally avoidable if employers took the required precautions to prevent it. If they do not and you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome caused by your job, making industrial illness claims in Tunbridge Wells might be an option you would like to discuss.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
In our wrist, there are eight small bones called the carpal bones and over them runs a very thick fibrous tendon, the two of them together forming the carpal tunnel. Through this tunnel runs the main nerve to the hand called the median nerve, and if this nerve becomes trapped or inflamed you have a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Thankfully it is a curable condition, but it should not have happened in the first place. If your carpal tunnel problems are work related you should be making industrial illness claims in Tunbridge Wells for compensation.
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
There are many causes for carpal tunnel syndrome, just some of them being:
- Typing or constantly using a keyboard
- Continual use of vibrating tools
- Excessive forceful bending of the wrist
- Regular heavy lifting
- Repeated direct pressure on the base of the palm
- Excessive forceful pinch grips
Doctors do not totally understand why these actions cause the problem, they just know if they can relieve the pressure on the nerve, it goes away with no ill effects. All the victim is left with is a small scar on the wrist where the surgeon opens the carpal tunnel to achieve this.
For some unknown reason, pregnant women are prone to this condition, but it usually disappears once the baby has been born.
How will I know I have carpal tunnel syndrome?
To start with you might not realise you have a problem, but as soon as you do you should stop doing the action that is causing it and seek medical attention to get it corrected. The sooner it is dealt with, the easier the treatment will be. It starts with:
- Pins and needles in the middle and index fingers
- In the same two fingers, burning or tingling sensations
- Eventually this will turn to pain. It is not unusual for the pain to be in the hand and extend up the forearm
- Occasionally, some sufferers experience dry skin in the affected area
- At its worst, the thumb can become numb and weak causing a lack of grip. Eventually, if the condition is ignored, this can lead to muscle wasting at the base of the thumb.
Making industrial illness claims in Tunbridge Wells for carpal tunnel syndrome
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