13 Dec Why Carpal Tunnel is On the Rise
Carpal tunnel syndrome is almost exclusively a repetitive stress injury. Mend Clinic specialists have seen a spike in these cases, and it’s no surprise. The injury presents as a weakness, tingling, or numbness in the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when there’s pressure on the median nerve, which extends along the length of your arm and passes through the wrist (or “carpal tunnel”) into the hand. Many people consider it par for the course, particularly in some career paths. However, if left untreated it can develop into a debilitating condition.
Workers’ Comp and Carpal Tunnel
A lot of patients are surprised to learn that carpal tunnel syndrome often qualifies as a work-related injury. You may be able to collect workers’ compensation payouts for this condition, and Mend Clinic can help workers complete and submit part of the paperwork. The earlier the carpal tunnel syndrome is diagnosed and treated, the quicker you can start working towards a recovery.
However, as a repetitive stress injury, there’s no easy solution. Carpal tunnel syndrome will continue or return if you don’t change the habits that caused it. It’s on the rise because more and more people are spending extended hours using their hands for both professional and personal purposes. Whether you spend all day typing on a keyboard, have a technology addiction and can’t go a few minutes without checking your phone, or you have a job that requires frequent use of a tablet or machinery, you’re at risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Healthier habits can include adopting ergonomic setups in the office or weaning yourself off of unnecessary technology. Downloading an app that keeps track of how often you use your phone can help you gain perspective. Scheduling regular breaks from using your hands while at work can also be helpful. Hand exercises and stretches are a way to not only let your hands rest but also work them in contradictory directions.
Get Help For Carpal Tunnel at Mend Clinic Urgent Care
If you have a tingling or numbness in your hands, it’s time to seek medical attention. Mend Clinic welcomes walk-ins every day of the week, or you can book an appointment online and be seen even faster.