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Must-know facts about carpal tunnel and workers' compensation

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a serious disorder that can result from the repetition of the same motion over and over again. It typically begins with tingling and numbness, but it can build up into serious pain so that you can no longer work. When this happens, you absolutely need to know what rights you may have to compensation in New Hampshire.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can all be traced back to your median nerve. This is the nerve that begins in your palm and ends in your forearm. Squeezing, straining and pressing this nerve causes the pain. This is why things like typing on the computer for too long or in an uncomfortable position can cause it.

The nerve itself passes through an area known as the carpal tunnel, which is what gives the syndrome its name. In fact, doctors believe that some people are more likely to get this disorder simply because they have smaller carpal tunnels than others. They are predisposed to issues that someone else, doing the same task, may be able to avoid.

This is especially important to note if you are a woman, as women are more likely to get this disorder than men; some studies have even shown that they are three times more likely. Though there could be other reasons, the generally smaller size of the tunnel in women could contribute.

The key to treatment is to get it as early as you can. The damage to the nerve can become permanent and painful if it is left untreated. Acting quickly and resting can help the nerve recover so that you can return to work.

Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet" accessed Feb. 17, 2015

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