Does Cold Weather Worsen Carpal Tunnel?

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Carpal tunnel is a condition that can be caused by repetitive motions of the hand and wrist. The symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the arm. Many people believe that cold weather makes carpal tunnel worse, but does it? In this blog, we’ll discuss how cold weather can worsen carpal tunnel and other repetitive stress injuries.

Winter Conditions and Repetitive Stress Injuries

Repetitive stress injuries, like carpal tunnel, are often made worse by cold weather. The reason for this is two-fold: first, cold weather can cause the muscles and tendons around the joints to tighten up, making them more susceptible to injury. Second, cold weather can reduce blood flow to the hands and fingers, which can further contribute to pain and numbness.

If you suffer from a repetitive stress injury, be sure to take extra care of yourself during the colder months. Here are some tips for how to do so:

  • Wear warm gloves when you’re outside to keep your hands and fingers warm.
  • Take breaks often if you’re doing an activity that puts strain on your joints.
  • Move around frequently to keep your blood flowing.
  • Stretch your muscles and tendons regularly.
  • See your doctor if you start to experience more pain or numbness, as this could be a sign that the condition is worsening.

By following these tips, you can help prevent further damage to your joints and keep your repetitive stress injury under control. You also may be eligible to pursue a workers' compensation claim if these injuries result from your working conditions and arise when on the job. Contact a workers' compensation attorney to discuss how you may pursue compensation.

Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Don’t let an injury this winter season prevent you from continuing your job. Leonard Law Group is here to help you get back on your feet following a workplace injury. Our experienced attorneys can provide legal assistance through the process from start to finish. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (312) 487-2513.
 

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