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Carpal tunnel syndrome and workers' comp

Pittsburgh employees may be interested in a new study that shows a link between various professions and carpal tunnel syndrome. The condition exhibits itself over a period of several years, and it is related to many professions such as computer workers, dental practitioners and jewelry creators.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most recognized workplace injuries, and the symptoms typically include the numbness of the hands and fingers as well as tingling, swelling, itching or burning sensations. Employees diagnosed with the syndrome may have to be exposed to prolonged treatment, including medication and surgery in severe cases.

There are several ways to prevent the syndrome and alleviate the need for extensive therapy:

  • Noticing signs such as difficulty with gripping and squeezing should prompt the individual to seek medical help
  • Proper ergonomics will support the person's spine and create a proper blood flow while the person is sitting for extended periods of time
  • Avoid keeping the hands in bent positions will reduce constant compression on the nerves
  • Wrist and ligaments can be strengthened by doing simple exercises throughout the day
  • Avoidance of rapid movements will prevent sudden shocks to the hands, wrists and fingers

Middle-aged working individuals often face the issue of carpal tunnel syndrome. The condition is typically recognized after many years of performing repetitious functions at one's job, preventing the employee from proper task completion. Injured workers in Pennsylvania may find it helpful to speak with worker's compensation attorneys who may explain their rights and options and recommend courses of action.

Source: Journal & Courier, "10 ways to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome", Mary Jane Slabby, April 22, 2013

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