If your work involves typing at a computer -- and the majority of professional jobs do these days -- you might think that you work in a safe environment. However, everyone who sits in front of a computer all day is at risk of developing a host of potential injuries -- carpal tunnel syndrome being one of them.
Pain, numbness and an inability to type or use a mouse are some of the worst results of this illness, which happens as a result of pressure on the "median" nerve in the wrist. The pressure can happen from swelling which causes the nerve pathways to get smaller, interfering with nerve communication. This can result in a worker not being able to perform his or her job duties.
Carpal tunnel syndrome happens when the nerves and tendons of the lower arm become inflamed -- usually as a result of typing too much. While some people work for decades typing at a computer and never develop the disabling and painful symptoms of carpal tunnel, others can contract the syndrome after a relatively short amount of time spent working in an office.
Here are some of the biggest risks that could lead to this debilitating condition:
- Having diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or hypothyroidism.
- Being pregnant.
- Doing the same hand movements constantly, no matter what the occupation or job.
If you're suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, it's important to seek medical attention and treatment immediately -- so you can get better and not miss any time at work. If you're need of medical treatment for your carpal tunnel symptoms, you might be able to pay for your medical care by filing a workers' compensation claim.