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Workplace injuries: What is carpel tunnel syndrome?

New York employees who work in production lines in the manufacturing industry may be at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. This is one of many workplace injuries that can develop over time, and it could be very painful. Workers at chicken processing plants are often victims of this injury that can be debilitating if left untreated.

The carpal tunnel protects the primary nerve that goes into the hand, along with the nine tendons required to bend fingers. Lubricating sheaths encase the tendons, and excessive repetition of hand movements can cause the lubrication system to malfunction. This can lead to friction in the carpal tunnel — which is located in the wrist on the palm side — that can cause painful swelling and inflammation. If not treated timely, fibrous tissues that will hamper the movement of the tendons can form.

Carpal tunnel syndrome typically develops in the hands of workers who make repetitive hand motions for hours on end. Gripping items strongly, vibration and awkward hand positions are other contributing factors. Workplace safety advisors say evaluating the ergonomics of workstations and redesigning where necessary could avoid this type of injury. This involves matching the employees to their jobs and by job rotation.

Although this condition is treatable, New York workers may not realize that they can pursue workers’ compensation benefits to cover the medical expenses they incur for treatment. Some victims may find it challenging to prove that their workplace injuries are job-related. Fortunately, they can rely on the support and guidance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to navigate benefits claims for them.

Source:, “A better understanding of carpal tunnel syndrome“, Jan. 29, 2017

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