Can carpal tunnel syndrome create an injury claim in Ripley?
Within the wrist there are eight small bones called carpal bones. Along the front of your wrist there is a ligament. Within the space between the bones and the ligament is the carpal tunnel. The tendons that attach the forearm to the hand pass through this tunnel, as does the main nerve to the hand before it divides into small branches at the palm.
The causes of carpal tunnel syndrome
There can be many reasons for carpal tunnel syndrome. Here are some of them:
- Repeated forceful bending of the wrist;
- Repeated forceful pinch grips;
- Regular heavy lifting;
- Repeated direct pressure on the base of the palm; and
- Repeated use of vibrating tools.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can happen at any age, but most cases happen between the ages of 40 and 50. More women are likely to suffer from this than men, especially if they are pregnant. Most problems can happen while in the workplace. If you have sustained this injury from your employment, you may be able to make an injury claim in Ripley.
Common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
Depending on the severity of the injury, there are several symptoms that can arise:
- Pins and needles in the index and middle finger;
- Some people suffer dry skin in the affected area;
- Burning and tingling sensations in the same two fingers;
- Pain in the fingers which may travel up the forearm; and
- If ignored, the condition will worsen and the pain and numbness start to spread. Eventually it will lead to loss of grip and muscle wasting at the base of the thumb.
Do you think that you are suffering any of these symptoms? If, so then you may be able to make an injury claim in Ripley for carpal tunnel syndrome.
How do I treat carpal tunnel syndrome?
If you believe that you have this condition, the first thing you should do is stop the action you believe to be causing it. Take painkillers if you think it is necessary, and rest your wrist. If you are aged under 30, the symptoms should disappear of their own accord, but if you carry on doing the action that originally caused it then they will return quicker and continue to get worse. If the situation is due to the fact that you are pregnant, then the condition tends to disappear when the baby is born.
If you find that your symptoms do not improve, the other treatment options are:
- A wrist splint; and
- A steroid injection.
How to make your injury claim in Ripley
Accident Advice Helpline will help you to make your personal injury compensation claim for carpal tunnel syndrome, or any other injury you may have sustained in any type of accident. Why not contact us on our freephone number, 0800 689 0500, where one of our friendly advisors is waiting to assist you?
Date Published: 15th September 2013
Author: David Brown