Workers’ Compensation: Treatment and Prevention for Hand-Wrist Injuries

Picture of woman with wrist injury at workHand and wrist injuries – such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains, strains, fractures and contusions – are among the most common work-related injuries in the United States, sending more than 1 million workers to the emergency room each year, according to multiple sources. Common causes of orthopedic hand and wrist injuries at work include traumatic injuries as well as repetitive stress and overuse syndromes.

Treatment: Like any workers’ compensation injury, hand and wrist injuries require early medical intervention to avoid permanent damage and loss of function. The board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists at Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics provide a variety of treatment options, including immobilization (splints), antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and injections, as well as arthroscopy and hand surgery. (To learn more about our physicians who specialize in orthopedic hand and wrist conditions, visit their profiles: Brian Divelbiss, M.D., Thomas Phillips, M.D., and Charles Rhoades, M.D.)

Prevention: Employers can help prevent work-related hand and wrist injuries by encouraging employees to read product labels, wear protective gear and take breaks between repetitive tasks like typing. Improper ergonomics is also a major cause of overuse injuries in the workplace and should be considered to protect employees against repetitive stress disorders.

Patients, case managers, adjusters and employers may also find the following information useful:

For more information and expert recommendations on the right course of treatment for workers’ compensation patients, contact Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics.


The medical information contained in the Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics website is provided to increase your knowledge and understanding of orthopedic conditions. This information should not be interpreted as a recommendation for a specific medical or surgical treatment plan. As each patient may have specific symptoms or associated problems, the treatment regimen for a specific patient may not be the proper treatment for another.

Gaining knowledge and understanding of a particular problem or condition is the first step in any medical treatment plan. We believe the information presented on our website will be helpful for those individuals experiencing hand and wrist diseases, injuries, or other related problems. However, this information is not intended to replace the advice of your family physician. You are encouraged to consult with your physician to discuss any course of treatment presented or suggested.