Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: How to Qualify for Social Security Disability
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the result of compression on the median nerve and tendons in the wrist. The median nerve controls sensation and movement in the thumb and first three fingers in the hand. Carpal tunnel results from the physical narrowing of the carpal tunnel and can be brought on by trauma, the development of a cyst, secondary conditions such as arthritis, or being born with a genetically small carpal tunnel.
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Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include pain, burning, loss of sensation, tingling, or itching. People suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome may also experience reduced grip strength, impaired manual dexterity, poor manipulation, and limited range of mobility in the wrist or fingers. Severe cases of carpal tunnel may even present with muscle atrophy or wasting depending on the chronicity and deterioration of the carpal tunnel.
Mild cases of carpal tunnel syndrome may be treated with medication, wrist braces, and physical therapy. Severe cases may require surgical intervention such as a carpal tunnel release. Carpal tunnel syndrome may cause difficulty performing repetitive hand action, pushing or pulling items, grasping, lifting, turning, twisting, opening jars, buttoning clothes, typing or writing. Carpal tunnel syndrome may also be confused with cubital tunnel syndrome or ulnar neuropathy. Like carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by the compression of a nerve or tendon in the forearm or elbow. Cubital tunnel syndrome symptoms present at the elbow and subsequently the ring and little fingers.
Premier Disability Services, LLC® has extensive experience assisting claimants who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome obtain Social Security Disability benefits. If you suffer from this condition and you are unable to work, please contact our office for a free evaluation.