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Will workers’ compensation cover carpal tunnel syndrome?

On Behalf of | Sep 23, 2021 | workers' compensation |

A hand injury may prove detrimental to the continuation and advancement of your career. What if the damage is not the result of an accident but repetitive use?

Carpal tunnel syndrome affects people who depend on the repeated motion of their hands to do their jobs. Working in a factory, at a computer or on a construction site may put you at risk to sustain this type of long-standing injury. Will workers’ compensation cover carpal tunnel syndrome? Learn a bit more about this condition to help determine whether it correlates to your job.

What qualifies as a work injury?

You may sustain an injury because of the motion required to perform your job. Injuries that occur like this typically relate to continual motion. Repeated actions may cause inflammation and strain of soft tissue resulting in damage and pain. Repetitive use injuries require a doctor’s diagnosis relating the damage to your job before it qualifies as a work injury.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel is a common overuse injury involving the nerve that runs through the wrist and into the hand. When the tissue surrounding the nerve swells due to overuse, it places pressure on the nerve. This results in hand pain, loss of grip strength and discomfort in the wrist.

What are standard treatment options?

When carpal tunnel symptoms first appear, you should stop the activity that is causing it. Ice and over-the-counter medication may help ease the pain. Should the condition progress, you may need longer periods of rest from the activity, as well as surgery.

When your job duties cause a repetitive use injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, you may have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim. Doing this may help broaden your treatment options and get you relief sooner.