Statistics show that over 500,000 Americans undergo carpal tunnel syndrome surgery each year, while it continues to be the most common type of hand surgery.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve in the carpal tunnel of the wrist becomes compressed and causes pain, paresthesia, numbness, and other symptoms throughout the wrist and hand.
At Phillips Law Group, our licensed Phoenix workers compensation attorneys believe that if you or a family member is suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome due to a workplace incident, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their losses including; lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
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Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome has been identified to appear from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. It has also been recognized that men are less susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome than their women counterparts. It is suggested that this is caused by women typically having smaller wrists than men.
Some causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Bone Spurs
- Heavy Manual Labor
- Repetitive Light Tasks
- Vibrating Tools
- Wrist Injuries
If you believe you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome and experience or have experienced any of the previous causes, it is recommended to seek medical attention, for these medical documents may help our attorneys achieve the workers compensation benefits you deserve.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms
Typically people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome will experience a number of different symptoms in a variety of locations of the hand and wrist. As previously mentioned, these symptoms are caused by the median nerve of the wrist becoming compressed when it passes between the two heads of the pronator teres in the forearm. Depending on the severity, it can cause many different types of symptoms.
Some carpal tunnel symptoms include:
- Loss of Grip Strength
- Pain in the Wrists or hands
In most cases, these symptoms will appear in the middle fingers, and the radial half of the ring fingers, due to the median nerve being associated with these areas.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatments
As there are a variety of causes, and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, which also affect different areas in each individual, there are many treatment options available. The treatment option selected by your physician will most likely be the most used option to treat your specific type of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Some carpal tunnel syndrome treatments include:
Corticosteroids may provide temporary relief from the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Of course, this treatment option is not recommended for long periods of time and should only be used until further treatment options are identified, including surgery.
Physiotherapy includes doing nerve gliding exercises, carpal bone mobilization, yoga, magnetic therapy, ultrasounds, and splinting. These methods are intended to reduce stress on the wrists and reduce the pain and strain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Splints are used to immobilize the wrist to reduce the stress applied to the area. This may be used in conjunction with corticosteroid or physiotherapy treatment options.
Surgery on carpal tunnel syndrome is typically known as carpal tunnel release surgery and is recommended when there is muscle weakness, atrophy, numbness, and nothing is able to keep the pain and strain away.
These are simply a few of the most commonly used treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome. It is advised to speak with your physician if you believe you are suffering from this condition.
Occupations Associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Throughout the United States, the lifetime cost of living with carpal tunnel syndrome is around $30,000, which includes medical expenses and lost wages. Carpal tunnel syndrome is common in all types of occupations. However, these occupations typically include repetitive tasks or a large amount of physical labor.
Some occupations associated with carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Assembly line workers
- Clerical workers
- Construction workers
- Data entry workers
Keep in mind that these are a few examples of occupations where individuals may suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and that it possible for individuals in nearly all lines of work to suffer from this injury.
Contact an Experienced Arizona Workers Compensation Attorney
At the Phillips Law Group, we believe that if you or a family member has been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, the victim may be eligible to file an injury claim for their losses and expenses. Our attorneys have the experience and resources to handle worker's compensation and third-party claims and are dedicated to fighting for the rights of all injured individuals in the court of law.
Being located in Phoenix, Arizona, our attorneys are able to serve clients throughout the entire state and beyond.
Some of the areas our attorneys serve include:
- Central Scottsdale
- Sun City
If you are interested in learning more about our law firm or would like to schedule a free case evaluation with our firm, we encourage you to contact us at 602-258-8888 today. Here a member of our intake team will collect information regarding your case and quickly connect you with one of our worker's compensation attorneys ready to take your case.
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