When you hear about workers' compensation, horrific injuries or accidents in dangerous professions will often come to mind. However, any worker in Minnesota can suffer from workplace injuries no matter what industry you're in. Lindberg Law, P.C., is here to discuss Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a form of repetitive stress injury.
Many workers will make repetitive motions throughout a day, regardless of what type of motion they're doing. For example, secretaries will often have to do a lot of typing. However, if you make the same motions with your wrists day in and out, you risk developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
This syndrome causes tingling, numbness, or pain in the hand and arm. It happens when the median nerve leading to the hand becomes compressed or squeezed. Often, this squeezing will happen because the area around the nerve swells due to overuse.
If this is caught early enough, it can usually be treated with braces or by avoiding performing certain activities. You can also lower your risk of developing it at all by taking breaks, avoiding certain motions, or stretching frequently. However, this isn't always possible at work. If Carpal Tunnel Syndrome isn't treated, it will often worsen over time. In some cases, surgery to alleviate pressure on the nerve may even be necessary.
If you believe that your work has contributed to the development of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, consider taking a look at our web page here about on-the-job injuries and what you can do to pursue compensation afterward. That compensation can help you get back on your feet.