Workers’ compensation claims commonly involve Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). Finger numbness, tingling and weakness sometimes result from temporary stress in the hand or wrist.
A reduction in fine motor skills can prove debilitating. When problems interfere with occupational requirements, medical attention is imperative.
What causes carpal tunnel?
The median nerve runs through the carpal tunnel – a space between the ligaments and bones in the wrist. Inflammation can pinch the nerve, causing pain and decreased productivity at work. Rest, splints or surgery may be necessary for relief.
Multiple factors can contribute to discomfort and a loss of sensation. Trauma or injuries may be problematic.
However, multiple considerations may increase risk. These factors include:
- Fluid retention
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Abnormal tissue masses
- Endocrine disorders
Regardless, repetitive motion can also create damage over time.
Some jobs increase workers’ risk
It can be difficult to determine whether job functions directly cause CTS. Yet, research suggests some occupations have a direct correlation.
Those who work in assembly positions and food processing or have tasks that involve vibrating tools tend to require medical attention at a higher rate than individuals that work in other industries.
Untreated, CTS can worsen over time. New York workers’ compensation laws may cover the costs of medical treatment and time away from work in cases where job-related responsibilities are determined to be involved with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Employees shouldn’t have to worry about medical expenses or the possibility of losing a job when work-related injuries prevent them from completing their assigned tasks.