Suffering an unfortunate injury or illness can be debilitating not only physically, but financially as well. Those injured may not be able to work and earn a living for themselves and their families. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is an injury that may take time to develop but is becoming an increasingly common ailment for today’s workers.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when swelling creates pressure on a nerve in a person’s wrist, known as the median nerve. This nerve is responsible for providing feeling to the different parts of the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a type of repetitive stress injury that develops over time and is commonly seen in those who type at a keyboard for extended periods of time.
CTS symptoms and treatment
For those who type a lot or work with their hands, the symptoms of Carpal tunnel syndrome can make it nearly impossible to perform their job duties. Common symptoms are weakness or numbness in the hand, difficulty gripping or moving fingers and pain in the hand and/or wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated by making changes to work environments, wearing a brace or splint or taking medication. If these treatments are ineffective, sufferers can have surgery to sever the ligament that may be pushing on the median nerve.
Social Security disability for CTS
When carpal tunnel syndrome is severe enough to prevent an individual from working, he or she can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. However, those who apply must supply hard evidence, such as documentation from doctor visits or medical test results, to have a better chance of a successful claim. Any worker who suffers from a disabling injury and needs help obtaining SSDI benefits may want to consider contacting an attorney who is knowledgeable about the application process.