Pennsylvania workers who have jobs that require repeated motions of the wrist are at risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome. This can cause tingling, numbness and weakness, making it difficult and painful for employees to complete their tasks.
In addition to the tingling and weakness, other symptoms can include pain in the fingers and hand. Occasionally, some workers may experience pain in their arm; however, the symptoms most often occur in the index finger, thumb, middle finger and half of the ring finger. In many cases, the symptoms first make an appearance at night when employees are not at work.
In order to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome, the doctor may ask patients who feel tingling, numbness or pain in their hand or wrist what their daily routine is and if they recently hurt their hand or arm. Doctors may also do a strength test and check the appearance of the neck, shoulder, wrist and hands. Those experiencing mild symptoms can usually treat the syndrome with home care, which includes stopping all activities that cause numbness or pain and icing the wrist for up to 15 minutes once or twice an hour. For more serious symptoms, surgery can help; although, this is not usually offered until the symptoms prevent individuals from working.
When employees suffer injuries from completing repetitive tasks, the injuries could cause them serious pain while decreasing their ability to be productive. In the event that an injury occurred while on the clock, the employee could seek compensation for medical costs by filing a workers’ compensation claim. An attorney could help file the initial claim or appeal the decision if the claim was denied.