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Why carpal tunnel syndrome is serious

Many North Carolina residents have likely heard about carpal tunnel syndrome. Few, however, likely fully understand exactly what it is, how it develops or the devastating impact it can have on an individual's life. CTS occurs when the median nerve, which runs from an individual's neck to their wrist, becomes compressed. In most cases, this compression is the result of repeated compression and injury to what's known as the carpal tunnel which is comprised of an individual's bone structure and houses not only the median nerve, but also several tendons.

Individuals impacted by CTS often experience a range of symptoms which can vary in severity. Some CTS sufferers may experience numbness or tingling sensations which can prove irritating and interfere with normal every day tasks. Others, however, may experience extreme pain that can greatly impact their quality of life and ability to use their arm and hand.

Physical therapy and surgery may be an effective means of treating severe cases of CTS in some individuals. If left untreated, CTS can result in the eventual loss of mobility and use of an individual's hand.

CTS is often seen in individuals who readily use computers. In many cases,  individuals who develop CTS work long hours in front of a computer which significantly increases the likelihood of developing CTS. Ensuring the correct positioning of hands and arms while typing as well as taking breaks and performing certain stretches and exercises may all be effective in preventing CTS.

Those office or industrial workers who develop CTS due to repetitive motions, may require surgery. In many cases, CTS sufferers never regain full use and mobility of their hands, rendering them disabled. For these individuals, a workers compensation lawsuit may be an effective means of recovering compensation related to their work-related injury. Monies recovered through a workers comp lawsuit can be used to pay for medical expenses as well as lost wages.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Who's at Risk and How to Prevent Its Disabling Effects," Michael Zazzali, May 30, 2013

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