Carpal tunnel syndrome is a serious work-related health issue for many Connecticut workers. Those who are finding themselves with a problem completing their work tasks and don’t believe that they’re going to be able to secure benefits through workers’ compensation might be mistaken. Knowing the symptoms of carpal tunnel is the first step to pursuing benefits.

Carpal tunnel generally begins with a numb feeling or tingling in the fingers and thumb. This can be intermittent. In addition, there might be a discomforting sensation in the hand and wrist. These issues will affect every area of the hand, fingers and thumb except for the pinky. It can arise at any time from holding a book, driving and grasping the steering wheel, and it might awaken the worker when they are asleep. It can extend from the hand all the way up through the arm. There might also be weakness in the affected areas. It can be hard to hold onto objects without dropping them.

While there is debate as to what causes carpal tunnel syndrome, there are facts that are generally accepted. The anatomy of the sufferer could be a reason for it to arise; women are more frequently found to suffer from carpal tunnel than men. Further, conditions such as diabetes can raise the danger of damage to the nerves and result in carpal tunnel. An inflammatory condition like rheumatoid arthritis can lead to this condition as well, and kidney problems, thyroid issues and menopause are known to make carpal tunnel exhibit itself. And then there are factors in the workplace.

People who are working with tools that vibrate or are consistently using their hands and wrists in activities such as typing and flexing their hand and wrist can be referenced as precursors to this problem. Although there are still disagreements in the medical community as to the direct link with computer use and carpal tunnel, a person who is suffering from pain and weakness causing an inability to work may have the right to seek benefits for their work-related illness.

Source: mayoclinic.org, “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Symptoms,” accessed on Feb. 3, 2015