Carpal tunnel syndrome is a particular type of repetitive stress injury. The most common is a peripheral entrapment syndrome in the upper limb. The etiology is generally a compression of the median nerve due to thickening of the synovium around the flexor tendons at the wrist.
The Medical Guidelines explain that carpal tunnel syndrome is an entrapment neuropathy. The carpal tunnel is the name of a particular part of the body. “Carpal” means hand. The word “tunnel” tell us that we are talking about a space in the hand (wrist). In other words, the carpal tunnel is a space in the wrist and hand through which pass various nerves, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, etc. The carpal tunnel is an entrapment neuropathy which tells us that a nerve in this space is being entrapped. The nerve that is entrapped in carpal tunnel syndrome is the medial nerve. In other words, the medial nerve does not have enough room and is irritated by something in the carpal tunnel. Certain job tasks cause carpal tunnel syndrome. A common cause is working on a computer keyboard.
Please see the revised New York State Medical Guidelines that took effect as of March 1, 2013 for more information about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
While the worker is out of work due to carpal tunnel syndrome, he/she is entitled to two-thirds of his/her average weekly wage (up to the maximum rate) when he/she is temporarily totally disabled. When he/she is temporarily partially disabled, he/she is entitled to some fraction of this two-thirds figure. Upon proof that the condition is permanent, the Board may classify the worker permanently totally disabled (which is rare), and permanently partially disabled, or the Board may find the worker is entitled to permanent loss of use award for his hands.
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