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Carpal tunnel treatments can help Pennsylvania workers

Pennsylvania workers whose occupation requires repetitive manual tasks might develop a common, painful and sometimes very limiting condition in their wrists known as carpal tunnel syndrome. The good news for these workers is that there are multiple remedies available for both mild and severe carpal tunnel syndrome. The type of carpal tunnel treatment that is appropriate for an individual depends on the severity of his or her condition and how long the person has been experiencing symptoms. For someone who has relatively mild symptoms, resting between work that causes pain or discomfort along with applying ice packs to reduce swelling may be sufficient.

When resting and ice packs are not effective, however, the next step is to look to wrist splinting or medications, and for those with more severe or persistent symptoms, surgical remedies. Wearing a wrist splint at night can help alleviate feelings of tingling or numbness, and this is often a good option for individuals who are pregnant. Medications for carpal tunnel syndrome range from over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil and Motrin to corticosteroids, which can either be injected or taken orally.

There are several surgical options too, which involve cutting the ligament pressing on the median nerve to relieve pressure. Endoscopic surgery involves a doctor using a tiny camera to locate and cut the ligament via small incisions in the patient's hand or wrist; this method generally involves less pain than other surgical methods. Another common option is open surgery, in which an incision is made in the palm of the person's hand to get access to the ligament causing pressure.

Pennsylvania workers with carpal tunnel syndrome or another workplace-related injury may be eligible for workers' compensation, which can cover medical bills, lost wages if they have to spend time away from work and a variety of other expenses related to their treatment. An attorney may be able to assist them in filing for these benefits or mounting an appeal if necessary in addition to explaining what is involved and what to expect throughout.

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