Is carpal tunnel syndrome caused by work? Well that is obviously a hotly debated topic among healing and legal experts. Different states have Different workers compensation laws (work comp for short). Some states say that even if the person has a risk factor for carpal tunnel syndrome (Cts) or a pre-existing condition, and it can be shown that his work activities "aggravated" these conditions, which resulted in Cts, then the courts in these states typically rule in the patients favor. Other states are more precise and say you have to prove that Cts was no ifs ands or buts Caused directly by work-related exposure.
The other part of the ask of "Is carpal tunnel caused by work?"...is how do you prove an employee didn't have Cts before advent to work for that company? With all the disability and privacy laws about healing records it's difficult to get information unless the employee is honest and forthcoming; and sometimes the person may just not have realized they had signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome in the first place. Unless the employee was diagnosed with Cts, and the employee discloses this to his new owner it may be difficult to prove otherwise, until this information is brought out in court.
When the court tries to decree "Is carpal tunnel caused by work?"...they rely on information from doctors, surgeons, and Emg/Ncs tests. Every carpal tunnel work comp case that I have been involved in, the sick person has had at least one if not two Emg/Ncs tests. They also must look at the employee's previous work history and or any hobbies that may have contributed to Cts.
Again, the problem or ask of "Is carpal tunnel caused by work" is difficult to decree if the employee didn't have previous Emg/Ncs tests to assess to the current tests.
Occasionally though, an employee will have had a previous assessment or work-up for Cts and may have Emg/Ncs tests. These are helpful, especially to your doctor, because it can help decree (along with history and exam) if the condition is getting worse or not.
It may help the court decree (also along with healing history) if the carpal tunnel symptoms you currently are having were caused by work or perhaps caused by some other non-work associated factor or healing condition that may need to be treated and before now the employee was unaware of his or her condition!
I hope this gives you some comprehension on whether carpal tunnel is caused by work or not. I always tell my patients to worry about yourself, your healing condition first!....Get properly diagnosed and treated, then worry about whether your carpal tunnel is caused by work or not.
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