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What are risk factors for repetitive stress from carpal tunnel?

While workers in Aurora who suffer injuries at work and seek workers' compensation are often under the impression that the injuries have to be obvious to the naked eye and certain injuries are not viewed as serious, occupational disease can be as severe as other injuries. One example of a repetitive stress injury that can stop a person from working is carpal tunnel syndrome. There are numerous risk factors from this problem and those who might be suffering from it need to recognize how it might have happened and led to their inability to work and be subject to lost wages.

There are anatomic issues that can result in carpal tunnel. These include a fracture of the wrist or a dislocation that will cause an alteration in the space of the anatomy and cause pressure on the median nerve. Women are more vulnerable to this problem than men. Chronic problems such as having diabetes will raise the danger of damage to the nerves. Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease and is an example of a problem that could result in carpal tunnel. Retaining fluids is also an issue that can be a cause. Women who are pregnant or experiencing menopause are known to retain fluids. The work a person does is also known to be a cause of carpal tunnel.

Carpal tunnel is often associated with computer use. There is still a lack of information as to whether this is the case, but it is possible. People who perform repetitive movements working on an assembly line or those working with tools that vibrate are known to have repetitive and prolonged flexing of the wrist, pressuring the median nerve and resulting in carpal tunnel. Given the ambiguity with repetitive stress and occupational disease connected to this problem, those who are suffering from it need to understand that they can seek workers' compensation benefits if they are diagnosed.

Carpal tunnel and its causes are still largely undefined. Those who work in jobs in which they are making consistent movements with their hands that can lead to issues with the median nerve of the wrist and end up with carpal tunnel should apply for workers' compensation benefits. They can do so with the assistance of a legal professional experienced with pursuing claims for these injuries and afflictions.

Source: MayoClinic.org, "Risk factors carpal tunnel syndrome," accessed on Jan. 12, 2015

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