The Do’s and Don’ts of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a debilitating condition that can be heavily linked with Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). It can cause a sufferer hours of continuous pain and has also been known to affect the sufferer’s sleep patterns due to the pain. Roberts Jackson Solicitors deal with compensation claims for people who have been diagnosed with conditions caused by work.
There are numerous tips and pointers from various sources about how to treat CTS but it can be a mind boggling task trying to get your head around which ones to follow. Corticosteroid injections are a possible form of treatment and can be provided by the NHS. This is a non-invasive treatment and does not require surgery. Other basic treatments can be simply applying a wrist splint to support your wrist on a daily basis.
Since the cause of Carpal Tunnel is the compression of the median nerve within the wrist, decompression or release surgery is also available on the NHS as a form of treatment. This procedures requires surgery and will not be considered by a healthcare professional unless the condition is very severe and other treatments have not worked.
Avoiding tasks that heavily involve using the hands and wrists may alleviate symptoms if the condition is not too severe. CTS can be caused or exacerbated by repetitive movements so avoid using your hands for unnecessary tasks at home and at work. Spending a long time on a computer using a keyboard or a tablet/smart phone at home can be avoided however at work this can be difficult. Inform your employer of your condition and explain the situation, they should support you in every way they can and carry out risk assessments on your work space. You may be able to pursue a claim for compensation if work has caused or exacerbated your condition.
Other high risk job roles and tasks that should be avoided are ones that require you to work very fast in order to hit targets. Assembly lines, stock processing warehouses and heavy labour jobs are common workplaces for this condition.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can also be brought on by the constant use of vibratory tools such as pneumatic drills, chainsaws, and grinders. This is known as Vibratory Induced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (VCTS). The symptoms are very similar but the cause of the condition is heavy vibration affecting the wrists and causing swelling which in turn puts pressure on the median nerve. In these cases the cause of the condition is almost always due to the sufferer’s occupation as well as using the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) when operating tools.
If you have been affected by CTS or VCTS and believe it to be work related Roberts Jackson Solicitors can provide legal assistance and obtain compensation for you on a No Win No Fee basis. Our offices are open Monday – Friday 9am-6pm and our expert award winning team are always on hand to discuss any concerns you may have. To get in touch you can call our free phone number on 0800 001 4496 or fill in one of our contact forms found on the right hand side of this page.