Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Florida Workers Compensation

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that compresses a key nerve in the wrist.  Although this injury is often caused by spending long hours typing on a computer keyboard, it can also occur from working on an assembly line or any other repetitive activity.  According to MayoClinic.com, “repetitive flexing and extending of the tendons in the hands and wrists, particularly when done forcefully and for prolonged periods without rest” can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.  The good news is that the majority of people who have carpal tunnel syndrome fully recover.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is considered to be a progressive condition and the symptoms start out gradually.  The symptoms typically begin with pain, weakness or numbness in the hand and wrist that can be felt up the arm.  When the symptoms continue, there may be a tingling sensation during the day.  It can become difficult to form a fist or even pick up small objects.  If the symptoms worsen or interfere with normal daily activities, it is recommended to see a physician. Muscle and nerve damage can occur if carpal tunnel syndrome goes untreated.

There are many nonsurgical treatment options available for carpal tunnel syndrome, including wrist splinting, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids, which relieve pain and decrease inflammation.  If the pain or numbness persists for six months or longer, surgery may be needed.

If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome resulting from your job duties, you may be eligible to receive Florida workers compensation benefits.  Workers' compensation is designed to provide benefits to cover your medical care, lost wages, travel expenses and ambulance services, occupational and physical therapy, and vocational education and training.  At the Law Firm of Johnson & Gilbert, we are experienced in handling workers compensation cases and can help you receive the benefits in which you are entitled.  Contact a workers compensation lawyer today at 1-(800) 556-8890 for a free legal consultation.