Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or CTS is an ailment involving the wrist. It is characterized by the enlargement of ligaments or tendons in the carpal tunnel area of the wrist due to inflammation. When this happens, the median nerve is pinched. This nerve is located in the carpal tunnel, which is a network of bones and ligaments from the wrist to the fingers and base of the thumb. The nerve is responsible for controlling the sensation and the movement of the fingers and the thumb.
The symptoms of CTS include the following:
1. Tingling, burning or numbing sensation in the fingers 2. Weakness in the hands 3. Loss of dexterity or the motor skills of the hands and fingers 4. Locked joints 5. Swelling, inflammation, and the feeling of pain in the hands
A popular misconception about CTS is that it is caused by repetitive motion. However, studies are yet to prove that repetitive movement of the hands can directly cause this ailment. CTS may be caused by hypothyroidism, problems on the joints, stress, or cysts or tumors. Genetics also play a role in the development of CTS because some individuals may have small carpal tunnels since birth.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the ailments that restrict persons who are earning a living. As it is, most workers rely on the use of their hands to do substantial work, and having CTS would mean missed workdays and possible earnings. In this regard, it is important for that person to file a disability claim.
To determine the eligibility of the person with CTS, the Social Security Administration (SSA) looks at the Impairment Listings. However, the Impairment Listings does not specifically include CTS. But then, a person can still prove that he or she cannot do work based on the severity of the CTS. He or she must prove that he or she cannot carry out activities of daily living such as reaching, pulling, pushing, and grasping because of CTS.
To file a disability claim, one must hire an experienced Los Angeles disability lawyer. The attorney can help the claimant with CTS to quickly become eligible for benefits.