In terms of occupational injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) leads the pack. What’s more, it is unique because it’s not caused by a single event, but rather it is a progressive condition. CTS is named for the “tunnel” of tendons and ligaments running through the wrist.
According to Whole Health MD, carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused when too much pressure is put on the median nerve, which is responsible for controlling feeling and movement in the hand. People who suffer from CTS have a narrower than average carpal tunnel; therefore, when the tendons swell from being over-worked, they can experience excruciating pain.
Typing usually gets most of the blame for CTS. However, other working conditions increase your chances of developing the condition, including:
- Hairdressers and barbers
- Assembly line employees
- Laborers and construction workers who use:
How to Discuss CTS with Your Employer
If you are experiencing pain from carpal tunnel syndrome while working, you should be up front with your employer. This includes informing them immediately about the pain. Moreover, you should be sure to voice your belief that the pain is caused by repetitive job-related motions.
Consider discussing with your employer if there are any changes you can make to your job to reduce the stress your wrists experience. For example, someone can evaluate the position you sit in. This will let you know if your keyboard is in a low enough position so that your wrist does not bend (upward specifically) while you’re typing. You can also purchase keyboards and mouse pads to ease the pain.
However, if your CTS is severe enough, you may need to make changes in your work life until your symptoms improve enough to return to your normal duties.
Learn more about the symptoms and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as compensation options, by reading our knowledge center article.
If you’ve developed CTS over the course of your job and your employer refuses you compensation, contact Colorado workers’ comp attorneys at The Babcock Law Firm today for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.