Carpal Tunnel and Social Security DisabilityCarpal Tunnel and Social Security Disability

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the carpal tunnel of the wrist, the area of the wrist’s underside that encases a primary nerve of the hand along with the tendons that make finger movement possible. Carpal tunnel syndrome can develop after repeated pressure on the primary hand nerve causes damage. People with carpal tunnel syndrome may experience a loss of sensation in the wrist and hand, recurring aches and pains, and general weakness of the forearm and hand.

Why Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is Debilitating

The pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome can become unbearable if left untreated. Weakness and loss of sensation can make doing jobs involving precise movements like typing, lifting, or filing difficult or impossible. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Loss of sensation or tingling in the hands and fingers
  • Pain in the wrists, hands, arms, and shoulders
  • Loss of strength in the fingers and hands
  • Swelling
  • Lack of coordination/dexterity in the hands
  • Inability to form or maintain a firm grip
  • Pain during repetitive motions
  • A tendency to drop objects

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome results from repeated pressure on the median nerve, the nerve that runs from the shoulder to the hand and controls movement in the forearms and hands. Basically, any activity or movement that involves elongated pressure to this nerve can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, such as typing, writing, and clicking a mouse. Bone spurs can cause carpal tunnel damage, and swelling of the carpal tunnel tendons can also increase median nerve pressure. The presence of certain health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, thyroid disorders, and fluid retention due to pregnancy have been shown to contribute to or cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Also, injuries of the wrist can result in this condition. In some patients, an unusually narrow carpal tunnel may be to blame.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatments

For those with mild carpal tunnel syndrome, adjusting work or recreational habits may relieve some of the symptoms. For patients with disabling carpal tunnel syndrome, surgery to remove the pressure-causing ligament, medication, and wrist splinting may be recommended.

To find out more about carpal tunnel syndrome, please visit the Medline Plus information page.

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