In many industries, workers have to do repetitive tasks throughout the day. If you find yourself starting to get a sore or inflamed wrist while working on your tasks, it is important for to get it looked at by a doctor as quickly as possible. What feels like simple overuse of your muscles might actually be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).

CTS is a condition in which your wrist becomes inflamed. It can cause pinched nerves, difficulty with movements, muscle spasms, weakness of the hands and wrists, and more. The severity of CTS can differ hugely depending on how much damage you have done already and how long you have gone without treatment. Some people can heal by wearing a brace when doing the repetitive motion that led to the damage. The brace support is enough to keep further damage from occurring while the wrist heals. Others, however, have cases so severe that surgery is necessary.

Because CTS is an injury that worsens over time, it can be quite damaging to your ability to work, especially if these repetitive tasks are a central part of your job duties. While resting, you may not be able to do duties that are typically required of you such as typing, lifting heavy objects or sliding objects over a scanner in a check-out line.

Do not brush off pain you’re experiencing from your job. If you do in fact have CTS, it will continue to worsen the longer it goes without treatment. With a doctor’s diagnosis, you might also have grounds for a workers’ comp claim to cover the costs of any treatment you need.

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be legal or medical advice.