If you’ve experienced any level of carpal tunnel syndrome, chances are you know how painful and disabling this condition can be. Although there are various levels of severity, this condition can be extremely uncomfortable even for moderate cases—and excruciating for those suffering advanced damage.

Common Symptoms To Look For

Here are some of the most common symptoms that carpal tunnel syndrome causes:

  • Weakness in your hands
  • Numbness or tingling in your thumb
  • Numbness in your fingers or palm
  • Difficulty moving your fingers
  • Difficulty gripping items
  • Pains in your arm, wrist or hand

How These Symptoms Affect Your Work

Each of these symptoms can limit your ability to work. There are various treatment options to give you some relief. If the disease is caught early, you may be able to wear a splint on your affected wrist. More severe cases of carpal tunnel syndrome may require you to have surgery to cut the ligament that is swollen and pushing against the nerves in your wrist. You may also need to make changes to where and how you work.

These symptoms impact your ability to work in a variety of jobs. From sedentary to light work, to jobs that require heavy physical labor, carpal tunnel syndrome can stop you from being able to perform the tasks you need to in order to get your job done.

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