Do you experience tingling, numbness and pain in your wrists, fingers and forearms? It might start when you wake up. You need to shake your hands to regain normal feeling in them. As time goes on, your symptoms appear during the day too. Your dominant hand most likely experiences pain first since you use it most. Tasks you routinely perform at work become a challenge and often exacerbate the condition.
When you could no longer take the pain, you decided to see a doctor who diagnosed you with carpal tunnel syndrome. Now you wonder what caused your condition and what to do about it.
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
Medical professionals say that the exact cause of this condition varies. However, increased pressure on the medial nerve that runs through the carpal tunnel causes pain, tingling and numbness. Researchers believe numerous medical conditions contribute to the condition, along with trauma and injury.
Who suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome the most?
Women suffer from the condition three times more often than do men. While an individual from just about any industry might develop carpal tunnel syndrome, assembly line workers (those who sew, manufacturing workers and meat packing workers, among others) tend to receive this diagnosis a disproportionate amount of the time. In fact, if you work in an assembly line job, your chances of suffering from this condition are three times that of a data entry worker. Reducing or stopping the damage the condition causes requires early diagnosis and treatment.
What treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome exist?
Medical professionals use several treatments for this condition depending on the circumstances:
- Strengthening exercises
- Chiropractic care
Regardless of the treatment, the condition might never completely resolve. You might need to change jobs, or, at the very least, your job duties may require adjusting. You will likely incur medical expenses and could lose income while you heal or recover from surgery.
Fortunately, you might receive workers' compensation benefits for this or another repetitive or cumulative work-related injury. On your own, obtaining those benefits might present a challenge. Endless paperwork, doctor visits and examinations cause unnecessary stress and frustration. An attorney could advise you regarding what workers' compensation benefits you might receive and guide you through the process while you focus on your recovery.