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    carpal tunnel symdrome

    hi all
    i had a carpal tunnel operation today through the use nail guns. my boss suggested it was rifle shooting has any body suffered this from shooting

    regards venison 16

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    A friend of mine got it from a lot of typing so doesn't have to be heavy duty. Unless you are manning Rambo's .50 Cal with a never ending belt of ammo i suspect shooting would not cause it?

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    My brother had his right hand done two weeks ago and the left will be done sometime in the new year, he's fired a rifle no more than a dozen times in his life so nothing to do with it!

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    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is also sometimes called repetitve strain injury. As the name suggests it is "usually" brought on by making the same movement repetitively - so no, i don't think shooting could cause it. Though it is an inflammation of the tendons so i suppose if you had a propensity towards CTS then any harsh action may bring it on - but i'd be surprised if that was the case with regards to shooting. If you want to find out the most likely cause you'd need a medical report from an expert to see what caused it in his opinion - there is no set cause

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    I also thought CTS was a result of a repetitive action/movement. Using a nail gun would give an amount of kick where the recoil is directed through the hand and wrist rather than through the shoulder as it would be with a rifle. I also suspect you are firing in significantly more nails than you are firing bullets in a day ?

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    Carpal Tunnel from shooting? If you were a professional handgun shooter I might buy it but, no that's BS. It's from work.~Muir

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    Quote Originally Posted by venison16 View Post
    hi all
    i had a carpal tunnel operation today through the use nail guns. my boss suggested it was rifle shooting has any body suffered this from shooting

    regards venison 16
    is your boss showing signs of the 'fear' due to the no win no fee blame claim solicitors!
    Politicians are like nappies,they should be changed frequently and for the same reason.

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    As above your Boss is laying the foundations for a defence against any County Court action that may be bought by you. Basically take no notice of what he says, you will need to seek advice off an expert in this type of injury (someone like a Surgeon, Plastic department) and see what they say. If appropriate they will need to write a statement and then you all go to court and see what the Judge says. If your solicitor has done a good job your boss will settle out of court.

    Good luck, I have a the same condition that may be work related.
    Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake..

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    I had tests done yesterday for CTS, but the doctor informs me I don't have it, she's 99% sure that I'm suffering from my mothers problem, arthritis, she started with it in her early 40s, I've just turned 50, so there's been a delay with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by venison16 View Post
    hi all
    i had a carpal tunnel operation today through the use nail guns. my boss suggested it was rifle shooting has any body suffered this from shooting

    regards venison 16
    I've suffered this from shooting indirectly..... by trying to climb into an open barn to mount an ambush, falling off the icy ladder, and putting my left arm out to break the fall. The pile-driver effect drove my upper arm bone through my lower arm and wrist. During the restorative surgery ops. the radial and median nerves got mangled, and the orthpaedic team tried a second op. to relieve the nerves at the inside of the elbow and wrist (carpal tunnel). It didn't work but I've got a lovely foot-long sign of Zorro scar.

    Your problem is different, but the symptoms and effects can be the same. IMO you should keep a very close eye on it because it'll affect your job, and may b*gger up your hobby as well.

    When you've got compression in the CT, or a direct injury to the median nerve the end digits of your thumb and forefinger don't work properly. If the problem gets worse or the damage is terminal you'll lose the pincer grip, but what's most devastating (to a rifleshooter anyway) is that your trigger finger goes numb, withers, and packs up. The warning signs are spasms of pain through your hand, and alternating severe burning and numbness of thumb and fingers, and the radial edge of the palm. This pain reaction can be so intense that the nerve endings literally burn out within a very short time and the body finally tunes them out, and switches them off for good. That's how it was explained to me. In cold weather particularly the sense of touch disappears, and things get downright dangerous as you can hardly feel the trigger.

    This isn't a very cheery message at Xmas, but it's passed on as a warning of what can happen. Best wishes for a complete return of all your functions after your op.
    If I'm going to be accused of it then it's just as well I did it.

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