Common Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Myths

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a form of neuropathy, or nerve damage, which occurs in the hands and wrists of those affected by this condition. The most common symptom of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is numbness in the hands and wrists, although it may also cause pain or burning sensations. The causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are a source of debate in the medical community, and many people have a number of misconceptions about this condition. This article is intended to address the most common myths regarding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

  • Myth #1: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome only affects the hands and wrists.
  • Fact: While the source of pain and numbness in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome involves the median nerve, which runs through the palm of the hand to the forearm, pain from this condition can travel as far as the shoulders or even the neck.
  • Myth #2: All hand pain is caused by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Fact: While Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common cause of pain or discomfort in the hands, a number of other conditions, such as arthritis and tendonitis, can also cause hand pain.
  • Myth #3: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is only caused by excessive keyboard use.
  • Fact: The effects of keyboard use on an individual’s wrists is currently a source of debate in the medical community, but it is well-known that there can be a number of other causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, including other types of repetitive motions involving the hands (dental hygienists, for example, often suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) and genetic factors.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can have a significant effect on an individual’s life, costing an average of $30,000 in medical treatment over the lifetime of the condition and potentially limiting an individual’s ability to effectively function in the work environment.

If you have developed this condition because of your job, you may be eligible for workers’ comp benefits to help with these expenses. Contact a Des Moines workers’ compensation attorney of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 to discuss your case with an experienced legal professional.

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