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What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Connecticut workers who toil at repetitive and physical jobs may develop a condition. This condition is known as carpal tunnel syndrome and causes tingling and numbness in the hand or arm of the worker. It develops in a person's hand and arm, and is created by a pinched nerve in the wrist.

Everyone has a narrow passageway on the palm side of his or her wrist known as the carpal tunnel, which protects both an essential nerve and nine tendons. When this nerve becomes pinched, a person with carpal tunnel syndrome experiences numbness, tingling and weakness.

When the median nerve in a person's wrist is compressed, it may be clear that a person has developed carpal tunnel syndrome, but it can be difficult to identify a particular cause. Often, a person has experienced a number of factors that lead to the condition.

Workplace factors may contribute to a person developing carpal tunnel syndrome. For example, a person who works on an assembly line in a job that requires him or her to repetitively flex his or her wrist may be more likely to develop a pinched nerve characteristic of carpal tunnel syndrome due to the pressure exerted.

It is possible to obtain therapy to restore function to a person's wrist and hand, though carpal tunnel syndrome may necessitate surgery, therefore, resulting in extensive medical expenses. It is likely that a person with carpal tunnel syndrome will need to rest his or her wrist and hand to let the condition heal.

In the event a Connecticut worker is experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome, he or she may qualify for workers' compensation benefits. It may be beneficial to seek legal counsel for assistance in pursuing benefits for the potentially work-related illness of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Source: mayoclinic.org, "Diseases and Conditions: Carpal tunnel syndrome," accessed Nov. 20, 2015

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