Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is caused by compression of the median nerve. The median nerve runs down your forearm, through the bones and connective tissue in your wrist (the carpal tunnel), and into your hand. It provides feeling to the palm side of the thumb and fingers. If the nerve is compressed as it passes through the narrow channel, possibly as a result of inflammation and swelling of ligaments etc, this will cause the tingling, numbness, and possible pain that has become known as CTS.
Who is most at risk?
The exact cause of the nerve compression can be hard to pinpoint in most cases as there are thought to be a number of different possible factors that could increase someone's chance of developing CTS, including the following:
- Pregnancy – many pregnant women suffer from CTS. It usually disappears within a few months of giving birth, although it may sometimes take longer.
- Injury to the wrist – people who have suffered a wrist fracture may be more prone to CTS
- Genetic factors – the condition seems to run in families.
- Certain other conditions – if you suffer from an arthritic condition, you may be more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. You may also be more prone to the condition if you suffer from illnesses such as diabetes or an underactive thyroid.
- Activities – jobs and activities that involve a lot of wrist movement are thought to be factors in developing CTS. This is particularly the case when vibrating machinery and tools are involved.
- Age – while carpal tunnel syndrome has been known to affect people of all ages, it is most commonly found in people aged 40-60. It is very rare for children to develop symptoms.
- Gender – women are more likely to get the condition than men. Roughly five per cent of women will experience symptoms in their lifetime compared to just three per cent of men.
Make a claim with Thompsons
While it appears that some causes can't be avoided, there are instances when CTS symptoms could be brought on, or made worse, by the negligence of another person or employer.
If you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and feel that it was at least partly due to the negligence, the solicitors at Thompsons can help you make a claim.
With our team of experienced lawyers on hand, many of them specialising in handling workplace injuries claims, we are confident that we will be able to give you all the necessary advice and guidance you need. To talk to an expert and discuss your legal options, call us on 0800 0891331.