Many workers perform the same tasks day in and day out. After a while, some of them may begin to notice pain in their hands. At first, it may not seem like a big deal, but over time, the pain could increase. Those who receive a diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome may not realize they could receive workers' compensation benefits for this condition.
Waking up with tingling hands that feel as though they "fell asleep" may not cause someone to think it could be due to carpal tunnel syndrome. They may think sleeping wrong caused it, but then it begins to happen more often. Then, the tingling then begins to happen during the day, and a sufferer may experience numbness, burning and itching in the palm and fingers as well.
As more time passes, it becomes difficult to grasp or hold onto objects, make a fist, or otherwise use the affected hand or hands. Even though it doesn't look like the fingers are swollen, they may feel that way. These are classic signs of this condition, which is often caused by the stress put on the wrists while working. This compresses the median nerve that runs through the wrist into the hand. It can be an annoying and painful condition.
It may be possible for carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers to obtain workers' compensation benefits to help with the medical treatment needed to correct, or at least help, the problem. Some people require surgery in order to fix the problem. In any case, an individual could be out of work for some time in order to recover. Fortunately, benefits such as payment for medical expenses and reimbursement of a portion of income can help with the financial worries that accompany a work-related injury.