Carpal tunnel syndrome can create the need for an injury claim in Newton
In your wrist there are eight small bones called the carpal bones. Across the front of the wrist lies a ligament and it is the space between these bones and the ligament that is called the carpal tunnel. Through this tunnel runs the main nerve from the arm to the hand, which splits into five when it reaches the palm.
It is when this nerve gets damaged that you have carpal tunnel syndrome and may need to make an injury claim in Newton.
The symptoms that will make you need an injury claim in Newton
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are progressive, they start by:
- Pins and needles or a burning and tingling sensation is the first sign. The index and middle fingers are usually the first affected and it can start just in the fingertips and be hardly noticeable.
- This then develops into pain in the affected area which can travel up the forearm as well
- As the condition becomes worse, the fingers and parts of the palm may become numb
- At this stage, some sufferers develop dry skin on the affected areas
- If the condition is ignored, the muscles will start to weaken and it can eventually lead to muscle wasting at the base of the thumb. When it is this bad the grip can be affected
One or two hands can have carpal tunnel syndrome. Initially, the symptoms tend to come and go and are usually worse at night. Raising the hand, or hanging it down may give temporary relief at the beginning, but as the condition worsens they become persistent and you may need to make an injury claim Newton.
The causes of carpal tunnel syndrome
The most common cause is the constant use of vibrating tools, but heavy lifting on a regular basis or repeated direct pressure to the base of the palm can also cause it. These three particular causes, and there are many more, are all work related. As your employer has a duty to protect the health and safety of his employees, if you develop carpal tunnel syndrome through your job, you may be able to make an injury claim Newton.
The treatments of carpal tunnel syndrome
The very first thing you must do as soon as you become aware of the condition is stop doing the action that is causing it. Then the wrist needs rest to give it time to recover. Further treatments might be:
- A wrist splint to keep the tunnel in place with stress. This can be particularly useful at night
- Steroid injections
- Surgery to release the nerve
The way to make your personal injury compensation claim
Contact Accident Advice Helpline, that’s the way to make your personal injury compensation claim. We have the knowledge and experience you need to be on your side. If you contact one of our advisers on freephone number 0800 689 0500, they will discuss your claim and start the required process if you wish to continue.