Carpel tunnel syndrome is a type of repetitive stress injury that is commonly reported at workplaces.
Wrist tendonitis accounts for a significant percentage of work-related injury claims. However, workers’ compensation coverage for such injuries can be a grey area, because it may not always be easy to prove that the injury is work-related.
Work-Related Wrist Tendonitis
Injury occurs when the tendons in the wrist become inflamed as a result of overuse or repetitive motion of the wrist. The most common form of wrist tendonitis is known as carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome develops over a period of time from repetitive activities such as playing a musical instrument or typing. Surgeons, chefs, and athletes may also suffer this injury because of using their hands and wrists extensively.
Symptoms of Wrist Tendonitis
Symptoms of a repetitive strain injury in the wrist include:
- decreased dexterity
- reduced strength and ability to grasp things
- chronic pain
- loss of sensation in the hands
Treatment for Wrist Tendonitis
Treatment for wrist tendonitis depends on the severity of the condition. If the symptoms are mild, a doctor may recommend simple things such as rest, massage, use of a wrist splint, and anti-inflammatory and pain medication.
In case of more severe injury or if the doctor suspects nerve damage, an injured worker may require surgery to relieve or resolve the symptoms. After surgery, the patient will be required to rest the wrist and follow the doctor’s instructions closely, including work restrictions. If nerve damage is extensive, the injured worker may not be able to return to the same job.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Wrist Tendonitis
If you have developed wrist tendonitis as a result of the job you do, report your injury to your supervisor or employer as soon as you first notice the symptoms. Early medical intervention may help resolve the issue with minimal treatment. If the injury is allowed to persist, long-term treatment may be required and the worker may even be rendered temporarily or permanently disabled.
When you report your injury, the employer may be able to make some ergonomic changes to your workstation to lessen the strain on your wrists. Consult a St. Louis work injury attorney to protect your legal rights. Call The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann at (314) 361-4300.