Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 Carpal tunnel syndrome is numbness, tingling, weakness, and other problems in your hand or hands because of pressure being placed on the median nerve in the wrist.  The pressure can come from swelling or anything that makes the carpal tunnel smaller.  Some causes of carpal tunnel include:

  • Hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes
  • Repetitive hand movements, and
  • Pregnancy

The diagnosis of carpal tunnel alone will not get you approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.  However, the symptoms from your carpal tunnel syndrome may be severe enough to lead to a favorable disability finding. 

Carpal tunnel can cause tingling, weakness, numbness and even pain in the fingers or hands.  This pain can even extend up the forearm.  If your symptoms are so severe that they interfere with the ability to use your upper extremities, the Social Security Disability Administration (SSDA) will evaluate your ability to perform job duties.  In some cases, a person’s carpal tunnel syndrome is severe enough to lead to a favorable disability finding by the (SSDA). 

For more information, please contact one of the attorneys at Hoglund, Chwialkowski & Mrozik. 

By Beau Chinn

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