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What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

As we continue to become reliant on technology is all aspects of life, many Minnesota jobs will include work on computers and require many hours spent typing. Such situations can take a toll on the hands, wrists and arms, leading to occupational diseases. One of the most common of these is carpal tunnel syndrome.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons explains carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition associated with pain or sensation issues in the wrist, hand and arm. It is caused by compression of the median nerve, which is a main nerve leading to the hand. Without proper treatment, this compression can cause permanent nerve damage.

You will usually know that you have issues with carpal tunnel syndrome because it will produce pain along your wrist, in your hand or radiating up your arm. You may notice swelling, but it is usually occurring inside and not visible. You may feel like your fingers or part of your hand is tingling. Your hand may also be weak. Symptoms generally start out as a minor annoyance that comes and goes, but over time, they will become more severe and persistent. 

Early detection and treatment is important. However, you may find treatment includes a recommendation for rest or to stop activities that can aggravate the condition, which is not possible if typing is the culprit and typing is part of your job. You may also be advised to wear a splint. Treatment may also include learning how to properly hold your arms, wrists and hands as you type to relieve the strain on your nerve. In severe cases, surgery may be required. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.


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