Potential indicators of carpal tunnel syndrome

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a repetitive strain condition that affects the hand and wrist. It occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm, becomes squeezed or compressed at the wrist.

It is common in workers who have to perform repetitive motions with their hands and arms, such as typing for office workers or styling for cosmetologists. Certain symptoms may indicate the development of carpal tunnel.

Tingling or numbness

One of the most common signs of carpal tunnel syndrome is tingling or numbness in the fingers or hand. This sensation often shows up in the thumb, index, middle or ring fingers. Many people describe it as a feeling of pins and needles or a “shock-like” sensation.


Another sign of carpal tunnel syndrome is weakness in the hand or wrist that can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks or fine movements such as gripping objects, writing, buttoning a shirt or holding a utensil. The loss of strength may also lead to dropping objects.

Pain or discomfort

Pain or discomfort in the hand, wrist or forearm is a main symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome. This pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp, shooting pain that radiates up the arm. It is often worse at night and may disrupt sleep. For certain individuals, the discomfort arises from a burning sensation in the hand or fingers. This can be mild or severe and may worsen with certain activities, such as typing or using a mouse.

Workers who suspect they may have carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of their duties may be able to receive workers’ compensation. Untreated carpal tunnel syndrome comes with serious potential consequences. It is important to seek a professional medical opinion if these or other worrying symptoms appear.

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