Carpal tunnel syndrome can be the cause of your injury claim in Plungar
If you are having problems with your index and middle fingers and your wrist, there stands a good chance you have carpal tunnel syndrome. In most cases, but not all, this condition is work related, generally because of excessive use of vibrating tools. If you have contracted this problem, you really need to consider what the cause is and if you need to make an injury claim in Plungar.
What is likely to cause carpal tunnel syndrome and the need to make an injury claim in Plungar?
There are several things that will cause this condition but the most common one are:
- Prolonged use of vibrating tools
- Repeated direct pressure to the base of the palm
- Excessive forceful bending of the wrist
- Regular forceful pinch grips
- Heavy lifting
Any of these actions carried out repeatedly is likely to cause carpal tunnel syndrome and the need for you to make an injury claim in Plungar.
How you will know if you have carpal tunnel syndrome
Some people are more prone to carpal tunnel syndrome than others. People over 50 and pregnant women are particularly susceptible. With pregnant women, the condition tends to disappear as soon as the baby has been born.
In the wrist, there are eight small bones called the carpal bones. Lying over them are ligaments and tendons, the space between them forming a tunnel. Through this tunnel runs the main nerve to the hand and it this nerve getting damaged that causes carpal tunnel syndrome.
To start with, you may not realise you have been affected. It is quite common to get pins and needles just in the fingertips at first. Then the other symptoms will start to appear and if they are ignored, the condition will get worse. You could experience:
- Pins and needles in the index and middle fingers
- Burning and tingling sensations in the same two fingers
- The fingers may then become painful and the pain may travel up your forearm
- As it gets worse, you may have numbness in the fingers and the palm of your hand
- Some people are affected by dry skin on the fingers and palm
- At its worst, the muscles in the fingers and thumb can become weak, causing poor grip. Eventually this can lead to muscle wasting at the base of the thumb.
To treat the condition, you must first decide what is causing it and stop that action immediately. Then the wrist will need rest to heal itself. Sometimes a wrist splint is used, particularly at night when it tends to get more uncomfortable. In the severest of cases, steroid injections or surgery may be necessary. If this has happened to you because of your job, your employer may have been negligent in his duty to protect the health and safety of his employees. If this were the case, you would be able to make an injury claim in Plungar.
If you want to make a claim, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline for all the assistance and advice you will need. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, and we will take it from there.
Date Published: 9th September 2013
Author: Emma Matthews