Work Related Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you work at a computer using a keyboard for many hours a day, you may be at risk for RSD, or repetitive stress disorder. RSD is caused by the continuous and repetitive overuse of a particular muscle, nerve or joint. This disorder manifests itself in a variety of illnesses including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, tennis elbow, bursitis and more. Using a keyboard puts your arm, wrist and hand in danger of carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful and debilitating condition.

Carpal Tunnels

Your wrist contains a passageway, about the size of your index finger, that is composed of ligaments, bones and nerves. Pressure on this passageway affects the median nerve, and pain, numbness and tingling result. Often, by the time you are feeling the symptoms, the damage has already been done. The median nerve controls the palm and fingers, all of which help you to flex and grip, key movements in daily life such as driving and carrying.

Symptoms

While it varies from person to person, common symptoms are:

  • Pain and numbness of the wrist and palms.
  • Hot poker type pain in the wrist.
  • Shooting pains up the arm.
  • Sensations of swelling, but with no noticeable swelling observed.
  • Increased pain at night.
  • Burning sensations.
  • Itching of the palm and fingers.
  • As the disorder progresses, decreased grip and wasting of the thumb muscles.

Treatment

In the initial stages, resting the wrist for several weeks and application of cold packs may alleviate the symptoms. Sometimes a splint may be placed on the wrist to reduce movement. NSAIDs (naproxen sodium, Advil) can be effective at reducing the inflammation and your doctor may also use corticosteroids injections directly into the carpel tunnel.

Surprisingly, yoga has been found to help carpel tunnel syndrome by alleviating pain and increasing the grip. Participants in the study practiced yoga for eight weeks and concentrated on stretching the upper body. It should be emphasized that poses that involve the wrist, especially where the body weight is resting on the wrist, should be strenuously avoided and that you must consult with your doctor before attempting yoga posses.

If the above treatments are not effective, surgery may be needed. The surgeon will sever the ligament, releasing it and reducing the pressure on the nerve. The hope is that the ligament will heal, but leave room in the tunnel to reduce the impact on the median nerve. Physical therapy will follow, but weakness is common and it’s unlikely that you can return to the same work that caused the injury.

Prevention

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be prevented by following these tips:

  • Take frequent breaks.
  • Use stretching exercises.
  • Wear a splint to support your wrist.

If you have reason to believe that your carpal tunnel syndrome is work-related, contact a workers compensation attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer will work to get you the compensation you deserve if you are no longer able to work due to carpal tunnel syndrome or other repetitive stress injuries.

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Filing For Divorce From An Abusive Spouse? 6 Steps To Help Your Prepare To Leave

If you’re in an abusive relationship and you’ve decided to file for divorce, you may need to develop a safety plan. Having a safety plan in place can help protect you from further violence. Whether you’ve endured years of violence or your spouse has recently become violent, you need to plan ahead, now that you’re moving forward with a divorce. The following steps should be included in your plan.

Memorize Important Numbers

In the heat of the moment, you might not be prepared to find phone numbers. Before you leave, locate a domestic abuse shelter in your community. Memorize the address and the phone number of the shelter. It’s also important that you memorize your attorney’s phone number. This will allow you contact them quickly once you leave.

Hide a Supply of Clothes and Money

If you have time to prepare before you leave, hide a stash of clothes and money with a friend or family member. If you don’t have a friend or family member near you, store them in a locker or at work. Be sure they are in a location that you can get to quickly. Storing those items away from your home will prevent your spouse from finding them before you have a chance to leave.

Secure a Safe House

You’re going to need a safe place to go once you leave your home. If time allows, secure that location in advance. Whether it’s a domestic abuse shelter or a friend’s home, having it arranged in advance will make it easier to leave.

Be Vocal

Many victims of abuse keep the abuse a secret. Unfortunately, that can make it difficult to get help and can perpetuate the abuse. If you’re the victim of abuse, you need to tell someone. The more people know about the abuse, the less power your abuser has over you. In addition, the people you confide in can serve as witnesses in your divorce case.

Empower Your Children

If you have children, it’s important that you empower them. This can be as simple as giving them a code word that you’ll use when you need them to run for help. When children know what they need to do, they can get to safety.

Notify Your Attorney

As soon as you know where you’re going, you need to notify your attorney. They will need to know where you are. Your family law attorney will be able to secure a protection order for you, which will help protect you from your spouse.

If you’re in an abusive relationship, it’s important that you know what to do when you file for divorce. These steps can help protect you during a difficult time. Be sure to let an attorney like those at the Rosenmeier Law Office know that you’re the victim of abuse. They will be able to help you get the assistance you need.

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