Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 38, Issue 9, September 2009

Carpal tunnel syndrome Can it be a work related condition?

W Bruce Conolly John H McKessar
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Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common hand conditions seen in clinical practice. Many in the workforce, both male and female, will develop carpal tunnel syndrome and many will claim that their workplace has caused their condition.
This article seeks to guide the examining practitioner in answering the questions of patients and insurance companies as to whether a patient with the established diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome has an acceptable workers’ compensation claim for treatment.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is mostly constitutional and due to intrinsic factors such as genetics, body weight, and endocrine and rheumatoid disease. Extrinsic and work related factors such as forces applied to the wrist, and working in cold temperatures and with vibrating equipment will also be discussed.

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