Attorney Esequiel Solorio is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law as certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

What are the signs of carpal tunnel syndrome?

On Behalf of | Mar 14, 2023 | Blog, Workplace Injuries

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common work-related stress injury. Workers in manufacturing plants, offices, fisheries and butcher shops have some of the highest risks of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.

Generally, carpal tunnel syndrome occurs due to a variety of factors, many of which may be directly related to workplace tasks.

Hand weakness

Hand weakness may develop over time. You may drop objects more often or find it difficult to perform everyday tasks like buttoning your clothes. At first, you may think of it as little more than clumsiness when gripping objects, but it can become progressively worse over time.

Tingling in the fingers and hand

In carpal tunnel syndrome, there is pressure on your median nerve. When something compresses your median nerve, it can cause tingling in your hand and arm. Tingling or numbness may start in your fingers or hand, predominantly in the index, ring and middle fingers. Carpal tunnel syndrome does not tend to affect the little finger.

Sometimes, the tingling will start in the hand and travel up your wrist and arm. People tend to notice the tingling most often when they are holding a phone, newspaper or steering wheel. At first, you might be able to shake out the symptom, but over time, it becomes more difficult and you may experience numbness consistently. The tingling and numbness can also manifest as electric shock-like sensations.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can have a severe impact on your quality of life. It can inhibit your ability to function and interfere with sleep.