Pushed Too Hard: Carpal Tunnel And Other Repetitive Stress Injuries
In many ways, our bodies are ideally suited to being active and working, but there are limits to how much and what kind of work is healthy. If any part of the body is stressed too much or too often, you can develop a repetitive stress injury, sometimes called a repetitive strain injury.
At The Law Office Of Arthur E. Snead, LLC, I help injured workers seek workers’ compensation benefits for all types of RSIs, including:
- Tendinitis or tendinosis
- Rotator cuff syndrome
- Raynaud’s disease (constricting of blood vessels in your extremities)
- Bursitis (affecting knee, elbow and shoulder joints)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Medial epicondylitis (also called golfer’s elbow)
- Lateral epicondylitis (also called tennis elbow)
When a workplace injury develops over time (as RSIs do), it is often harder to get a claim approved, compared to an injury that occurs as the immediate result of an accident. For this and other reasons, it is a good idea to seek help from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
What To Know About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
This condition is named for the carpal tunnel, which is a small passageway on your wrist. CTS occurs when the median nerve in the carpal tunnel is compressed, resulting in tingling and/or numbness in your arms and hands. It may also cause weakness in your hands, making you more likely to drop objects or perform poorly on manual tasks.
In the workplace, carpal tunnel syndrome is commonly associated with the following activities:
- Typing at a computer all or most of the workday
- Prolonged use of vibrating tools (such as power tools)
- Prolonged work on an assembly line, especially movements that repeatedly flex or strain the wrist
Constantly using your hands at work is not solely responsible for CTS. There are numerous potential contributing factors, including your overall health, previous medical conditions and your gender. Women are more likely than men to develop CTS, primarily because they tend to have smaller wrists.
While carpal tunnel syndrome is painful and can be debilitating, the good news is that it is usually treatable. If caught early enough, interventions can include taking more rest breaks to avoid fatigue, icing your wrists or taking anti-inflammation drugs. In some cases, surgery may be necessary.
CTS and other repetitive strain injuries are also compensable under Georgia workers’ compensation law. Because all claims can be frustrating and complicated, however, you should seek the help of an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer when filing a claim.
Contact Me For A Free Discussion About Your Injuries
Located in Tucker, The Law Office Of Arthur E. Snead, LLC, serves clients throughout metro Atlanta and Macon. To take advantage of a free initial consultation, call me at 404-692-6403, or send me an email.