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Carpal tunnel syndrome and Social Security Disability benefits

Within the wrist there is a complex network of nerves and tendons. These nerves and tendons pass through a small space, referred to as the carpal tunnel. In some cases, overuse or other factors can result in pressure within this small space, potentially compressing the nerves that control the hand. When this happens, medical professionals may diagnose the person with carpal tunnel syndrome.

What are common symptoms and treatment options?

Those with carpal tunnel syndrome may experience a tingling sensation along with numbness and pain. Those in professions that rely on the use of one's hands can be at an increased risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these professions can include administrative workers, those in the food processing profession and those in the apparel industry.

In severe cases, the syndrome can result in reduced hand function. Treatment options can include rest and use of a splint. A treating physician may recommend use of anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen and steroid injections. In some cases, surgery is needed.

Can carpal tunnel syndrome result in Social Security Disability benefits?

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are available for those who suffer from an injury or condition that leads to the inability to work, including carpal tunnel. The Social Security Administration (SSA) reviews claims for coverage. An individual who is requesting benefits generally needs to provide complete medical records and other documentation to support the claim.

It is not uncommon for the SSA to deny coverage. Those who suffer from carpal tunnel or other debilitating medical conditions can increase their changes of approval by seeking legal counsel. An attorney can aid in both the initial application process and, if needed, discuss options to appeal a denial.

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