Workers at desks and using computers are at a high risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and may be eligible for workers comp for the condition.
CTS is an entrapment median neuropathy that can causes pain, numbness and inflammation in nerves because of compression in the carpal tunnel of in the wrist. Those who suffer CTS feel numbness throughout the wrist, hand, and thumb and index fingers. Our workers comp attorneys can help office workers and laborers alike who suffer from CTS obtain the workers compensation benefits they need.
CTS is common in desk workers who do not have ergonomically sound workstations—particularly their keyboards and computer mouses. Some experts speculate that repetitive movements in the hand and wrist, such as typing and mouse clicking, cause CTS. The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted a special set of workplace regulations to reduce the risks for office workers. OSHA may cite and fine employers for putting workers at risk from dangerous equipment; OSHA may also issue fines and citations if employers fail to provide regular breaks. OSHA urges employers to provide ergonomic equipment and frequent breaks to employees at desks.
There is no single medical consensus on the most effective treatments for CTS. Doctors will sometimes recommend that patients wear a brace or a splint or simply rest their wrists for various amounts of time. In some cases, patients may receive non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Workers can reduce the risk of CTS by minimizing repetitive motions with their hands and wrists. Workers should take breaks from their desks, stretching their wrists every hour or so. If you are an office worker, you can request that your employer provide an ergonomically modified keyboard and mouse for your desk. If you have suffered from CTS or any other injury or illness on the job, you may be qualified to receive workmans comp benefits. Please contact Columbus workers comp attorneys today for a free consultation.
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