Repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, occur when the same motion is repeated over and over again. These injuries are typically linked to spending long hours at a computer or carrying out repetitive manual work. Carpal tunnel syndrome, in particular, is on the rise in the workplace, and as a result, more employees with carpal tunnel syndrome are making workers’ compensation claims.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is an injury that occurs over time and not by a specific incident. If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome caused by work-related activities, it is important that you understand how to file a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim.
What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that occurs when a major nerve that runs from the forearm to the palm is compressed (squeezed) at the wrist. Symptoms often include tingling, numbness, or burning in the hand or fingers. It is commonly caused by repetitive movements over a long period of time. It can also be caused by fluid retention.
A variety of factors can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel is associated with certain work-related tasks including:
- Awkward hand positions
- Strong gripping
- Repetitive hand motions
- Mechanical stress on the palm
When You’re in Too Much Pain to Work
Carpal tunnel syndrome can be very painful, and over time, it may make it difficult for you to continue working. Workers’ compensation is there to help employees receive income and medical care when they are unable to work. If you have questions about receiving benefits, or if you are having trouble getting them, we may be able to help. Contact us today by giving us a call at (888) 476-0807, filling out our easy online contact form, or starting a live chat to discuss your situation.