A few months before you began working for your new employer, your doctor diagnosed your wrist pain as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Your current job requires repetitive assembly line work and the pain in your wrist has returned. What is your next step?
Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Any kind of activity or job that requires a repetitive motion could cause a painful injury such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The structure inside your wrist and hand that controls your thumb and finger movements is the carpal tunnel comprised of bones, tendons, nerves and connective tissue. The area can become swollen and inflamed, squeezing the nerves that pass through the carpal tunnel causing discomfort and affecting the flexibility of the wrist and fingers.
Looking at symptoms
The first indication that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome might be present is a tingling sensation that becomes more pronounced when repeated pressure affects the nerves in your wrist and hand. The fingers may feel swollen and as the muscles in your thumb and fingers become weaker, you may find it hard to hold objects. The discomfort may also become more severe at night.
Seeking medical help
It is not unusual for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome to recur, as in your case. Your next step is to see a doctor and ensure that you obtain the proper treatment. Since your injury is job-related, you are eligible to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical costs and lost wages. Remember to keep records pertaining to your medical bills and treatments that you can submit to the insurer if need be. You have a right to expect the maximum benefits for which you qualify.