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What can I do if I’m suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome?

With the majority of today’s workforce working on computers all day, it is entirely unsurprising that cases of carpal tunnel syndrome and also more generalised repetitive strain injury claims are on the rise. Experts have stated that, as long as you treat it early, you should be able to recover fairly quickly from a repetitive strain injury. However, it is still important that you address your symptoms as soon as possible because if you let the condition worsen then you can acquire deep tissue scarring.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a specific repetitive strain injury that can ultimately involve very painful surgery if you do not prevent and treat any symptoms at an early stage. It is a condition that occurs in your wristsand is the result of pressure being forced onto the median nerve, which is a major nerve that is located inside your wrist. It can be caused by frequent bending of your wrist, gripping too hard or using vibrating tools. In order to avoid the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome worsening, you may have to wear supportive hand splints which carrying out particular tasks that aggravate your symptoms.Carpal tunnel compensation may be available to you to help with your recovery.

What are the symptoms of a repetitive strain injury?

Some common symptoms of repetitive strain injuries can include:

  • Tingling and/or numbness in your hands or fingers
  • Cramp and pain in the affected area
  • Weakness or loss of grip in your hands
  • Stiffness and tenderness in your arms, hands or legs
  • Burning, aching or shooting pains in your limbs

In order to try and improve the symptoms of repetitive strain injury, it is important to make yourself as comfortable as possible at your workstation and avoid slouching in your seat or typing incorrectly. The NHS has suggested limiting the number of keystrokes that you have to use on your computer or on a portable device with predictive text. Slowing down the speed that you use your mouse can also improve any potential repetitive strain injuries. Make sure that you are using a desk chair that appropriately supports your back and won’t cause any back pain in addition to RSI in your hands and fingers.

Which jobs are most at risk of developing a repetitive strain injury?

Office workers are not the only people who are susceptible to developing repetitive strain injuries. Another job role that could put you at risk of a repetitive strain injury is being a factory worker who perform repetitive tasks on a production line and has to remain in a difficult posture for a long time.

If you feel that you developed a Repetitive Strain Injury, it is best to deal with your symptoms as soon as possible in order to avoid them worsening. If you feel that your employer has put your health at risk because of negligence, you could be able to make a claim that will help you along with your recovery. Industrial disease solicitors will be able to help you with any claims that you may have that can aid you towards getting on the road to recovery.