You enjoy your job in Virginia, but could your position trigger workplace injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome? You may not immediately notice a condition like CTS, or you may not connect it to your job duties.
To help you determine whether you have a workers’ compensation case, U.S. News & World Report explores the connection between work and CTS. Discover the true reason for any discomfort you experience in your wrists or hands.
Occupational risk factors
Specific work activities put employees at higher risk of experiencing CTS, which triggers tingling, pain, loss of sensation and impairment in the hands and wrists. Noted occupational risks include performing repetitive and intense tasks, vibration and contorting the hands and wrists in uncomfortable positions for extended periods. Sectors in which workers have a higher chance of experiencing the condition include animal slaughtering and processing, apparel manufacturing and fabric finishing/textile/coating mills.
Causation and correlation
You must have accurate information regarding CTS to build a solid case. For instance, even if your position requires a lot of typing, an activity thought to cause CTS, such work duties may not actually cause the condition. Instead, doing a lot of typing or a similar activity may worsen existing symptoms or make you more aware of the symptoms associated with CTS.
Still, scientific evidence does not rule out the possibility that one’s occupation could affect CTS symptoms. Non-work-related reasons for the syndrome include autoimmune disorders and fractured wrists. While your job may not cause CTS, it could make the condition worse if you already have it.
Enlist your employer’s help in treating, preventing and diagnosing CTS. Even if you do not have a legal case, you still deserve to work in comfort.