Indianapolis Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Lawyers
Although it was first diagnosed in the 1930’s, the term “carpal tunnel syndrome” (CTS) was widely unknown across the US until the 1990’s. At this time, a sudden increase in office-related jobs led to a much larger number of people suffering from this disorder and pushed its name into the popular media. Current estimates state that about 10% of the adult population will suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome.
Symptoms of CTS
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a chronic condition that is not usually helped by medication. It usually affects patients’ thumbs, index fingers, and middle fingers. The typical symptoms are:
- Muscle weakness
- “Pins and needles” feelings, as if the hand has fallen asleep
These persistent feelings can present clear problems for anyone who needs to use their hands at work, which includes most people. The persistent unpleasant sensations associated with CTS can also interrupt concentration and sleep.
Because severe cases of CTS can greatly limit a person’s employment options, people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome may be entitled to Social Security benefits. If you believe you qualify, an Indianapolis disability benefits lawyer can provide further details.
Causes of CTS
The carpal tunnel is a bony canal in the wrist, through which several tendons and the median nerve pass. When the median nerve is compressed, such as when the canal becomes smaller, carpal tunnel syndrome is often the result.
Repetitive motions, such as those associated with typing or some factory jobs, have often been blamed for the development of this syndrome. The syndrome can also be caused by injury or bone abnormalities, and may even be linked to genetics.