Musculoskeletal disorders are those which affect the muscles, nerves and tendons in your body. Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and low back injuries are a few examples of MSDs. Many workers in different industries have to deal with MSDs. OSHA reports that MSD cases accounted for one-third of all worker injuries and illnesses in 2013. Most MSDs are preventable, but employers and employees have to work together to reduce the problems.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common problem for office workers who type at a keyboard. The nerve in the wrist becomes compressed from the repetitive movements. It can result in numbness or a tingling feeling in the wrist, fingers and thumb. One key factor in reducing MSDs is to identify and treat symptoms early to reduce the progression of the disorder.
According to the Mayo Clinic, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms appear gradually. As mentioned, you might experience numbness, but you may also experience an electric shock in your fingers. You may even wake up from the pain in your wrist. Another common symptom is weakness in your hand. You might unexpectedly drop something because your wrist is weak.
Other risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome
Women are more at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome than men. The carpal tunnel area in the wrist of a woman is smaller than that of men. Certain conditions also increase the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. Being overweight, going through menopause or having diabetes increases the pressure on the carpal tunnel system.
Employers do have the responsibility for making sure your workplace is safe. If you are sitting at a desk all day long, you need ergonomic resources to protect your wrist and body from injuries. If you are already experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, you need to seek medical care. An attorney can help you understand your workers’ compensation benefits and help you present a claim to provide for your medical expenses and lost wages.