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Types of Cumulative Trauma Disorders
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A nerve disorder
resulting from it passes from the forearm through the carpal tunnel in
the wrist and into the hand. When irritated, the sheaths that surround
the tendons in the narrow tunnel can swell and press against the nerve.
Symptoms include pain, numbness and tingling in the first three fingers
and the base of the thumb. The symptoms often are worst at night. surgery
may be necessary as a last resort.
Tendinitis: Inflammation of a tendon from
repeated tensing. With further exertion, some of the fibers that make up
the tendon can fray or tear, and the tendon may become thick and bumpy.
Without rest and sufficient time for healing, the tendon may be permanently
Tenosynovitis: Swelling of the sheath surrounding
a tendon, which contains a lubricant called synovial fluid. Repeated motions
may stimulate the sheath to produce excess fluid, which accumulates and
causes pain in the sheath.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Compression of
the nerves and blood vessels between the neck and shoulder. Symptoms include
numbness in the fingers and tingling in the arm.
Ulnar Neuritis: A nerve inflammation that
results from pressure on the ulnar nerve over time, including leaning on
the elbow on hard or sharp surfaces for long periods. Symptoms include
tingling and numbness in the small finger and ring finger.
If you suffer symptoms of a Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD)
or any other illness or injury you think is work related, report it to your