Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel syndrome is a combination of parasthesia (pins and needles) numbness and pain affecting all over the hand except the little finger and half of the main finger.
This can be caused by a pressure on the median nerve that passes through the wrist which can result from continuous repetitive movements of the hand such as using a keyboard.
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (FAQs)
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
Mild symptoms usually can be treated with home care. We would always advise consulting your GP in the case of any form of injury, however, you can also:
- Stop activities that cause numbness and pain. Rest your wrist longer between activities.
- Ice your wrist for 10 to 15 minutes 1 or 2 times an hour.
- Try taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain and reduce swelling.
- Wear a wrist splint at night. This takes the pressure off your median nerve.
The sooner you start treatment, the better your chances of stopping symptoms and preventing long-term damage to the nerve.
You also may need medicine for carpal tunnel syndrome or for a health problem that made you susceptible to developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
Surgery is an option. But it’s usually used only when symptoms are so bad that you can’t work or do other things even after several weeks to months of other treatment.
To keep carpal tunnel syndrome from coming back, take care of your basic health. Stay at a healthy weight. Don’t smoke. Exercise to stay strong and flexible. If you have a long-term health problem, such as arthritis or diabetes, follow your doctor’s advice for keeping your condition under control.
You can also try to take good care of your wrists and hands:
- Try to keep your wrist in a neutral position.
- Use your whole hand—not just your fingers—to hold objects.
- When you type, keep your wrists straight, with your hands a little higher than your wrists. Relax your shoulders when your arms are at your sides.
- If you can switch hands often when you repeat movements
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (FAQs)
What you should do if you display symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
If you think that you have carpal tunnel syndrome, your first course of action should be to visit your local doctor.
Once you have advised him that you have symptoms that might be related to your occupation, he will conduct the initial tests and then refer you to a specialist for confirmation of his diagnosis.
If the specialist agrees that you have carpal tunnel syndrome induced by poor work practices, then you should see a solicitor in respect of claiming compensation for your carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a recognised industrial injury for employees who regularly use power tools and are involved in other aspects of manufacturing, and a solicitor will be able to determine whether your personal circumstances entitle you to claim compensation for acquiring carpal tunnel syndrome.
If it can be proven that work practices promoted by your employer have led to you developing carpal tunnel syndrome, you should be able to claim compensation for your injuries. To speak with one of our workplace injury team, call (Free Phone) 1800 844 104 or complete our online enquiry form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Claiming compensation for carpal tunnel syndrome
Claiming compensation for carpal tunnel syndrome is processed in exactly the same way as any personal injury claim, with an initial application to the Injuries Board Ireland and an independent medical examination.
Even though musculoskeletal disorders are covered in the Injuries Board Ireland´s “Book of Quantum”, you may wish to have a solicitor familiar with personal injury claims of this nature complete your application form to ensure that all aspects and consequences of your injury are included.
As well as being able to claim compensation for the physical trauma you may have experienced through your carpal tunnel syndrome, you might also be able to claim special damages for any out-of-pocket expenses you may have encountered making doctor´s appointments and traveling to see a specialist.
Furthermore, when making a claim for carpal tunnel syndrome compensation against an employer, being represented by a solicitor makes it less likely that you will experience an awkward workplace confrontation when able to return to work.
Even though the Statute of Limitations allows two years (from the date when you are diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome) in which to make a claim for compensation, you should not delay contacting a solicitor.
Cases of this nature may often be complex and take time to resolve, and a lengthy preparation of your case due to medical tests may result in it becoming time-barred.
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