Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition that affects the hands, although it is usually restricted to the thumb, the index and middle fingers and part of the ring finger.
It is caused by damage to the median nerve, which controls the feeling and movement of these digits.
The most common symptoms are:
- Weakness of the hand
Some people also experience pins and needles, dry skin, weakness in the thumb or a dull ache that can extend into the hand or arm. The symptoms often feel worse at night, or after certain activities. Atrophy of the muscles in the hands and fingers is another frequent symptom.
Symptoms can present many practical problems, not least difficulty with manual dexterity. Those with CTS may have trouble performing tasks such as typing, doing up buttons and handling delicate objects.
Sufferers may experience symptoms in one or both hands, although the majority of those diagnosed with the condition will eventually become symptomatic in both hands.
Claim compensation for carpal tunnel syndrome
If you are experiencing any of the above listed symptoms it is worth going to see your doctor, as most cases can be effectively treated.
It is also worth considering your possible entitlement to compensation if you believe that carpal tunnel syndrome was caused, or made worse, by a work-related activity. All of the following activities are known risk factors for the condition:
- Repetitive hand motions
- Awkward hand positions
- Strong gripping
- Mechanical stress on the palm
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