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Facts about carpal tunnel syndrome

Californians afflicted with carpal tunnel syndrome may experience symptoms in their hands such as weakness, numbness/tingling or loss or coordination. According to the Mayo Clinic, several factors can contribute to the development of CTS. For example, women are more likely than men to develop CTS, and the condition often occurs during pregnancy. Other medical conditions, such as thyroid disease, kidney failure, rheumatoid arthritis, neurological conditions or menopause, can also play a part in the development of CTS. People who are obese also face a greater risk.

The carpal tunnel is a structure within the wrist that allows the median nerve, which runs the length of the arm, to pass into the hand. According to WebMD, the median nerve controls the movement of all the fingers, except the pinky, and also controls feeling in the thumb. Swelling of the carpal tunnel can cause it to narrow, which puts pressure on the median nerve. Pressure on the nerve prevents it from functioning properly.

Interesting facts about Social Security Disability Insurance

People who work hard might look at their paycheck stub and notice that they are paying a FICA tax. This is a broad term for a group of taxes covered by the Federal Insurance Contributions Act. These include the Social Security taxes that are formally known as the old-age, survivors, and disability insurance taxes. Medicare taxes also fall under this category.

While you might not want to see this money come out of your check, it does serve an important purpose. The FICA taxes help to cover Social Security Disability Insurance payments for workers who become disabled and have worked enough to meet specific criteria. They also cover the Medicare program that helps these workers to get the medical care they need once they are receiving SSDI. Here are some important points to know about these matters:

How is PTSD diagnosed and treated?

California residents who have been the victim of a crime, served in combat or experienced an accident may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. If you have experienced a traumatic event, you may suffer from symptoms such as anxiety, flashbacks or nightmares. These symptoms may be severe and disrupt your activities of daily living.

According to the Mayo Clinic, you do not have to experience the inciting event yourself in order to develop PTSD. Even witnessing a traumatic event may be enough to evoke the symptoms. PTSD frequently affects those repeatedly exposed to details of traumatic events, such as soldiers and first responders. While onset of symptoms may first appear within a month after the traumatic event, sometimes years may pass before the disorder begins to manifest.

What happens after an injury on the job?

When you went to work on that fateful day, you felt great. In fact, you thought that the workday would go quickly and that you'd soon be heading out on your week of vacation.

You almost couldn't believe it when you noticed your coworker making a basic mistake on the job. You quickly ran over to stop them, but it was too late. In just seconds you were both involved in a serious accident, and you have injuries to deal with. You're both rushed to the hospital and require months of surgeries, therapies and other assistance.

What if the SSA denies my claim for benefits?

After you file a claim to receive Social Security disability benefits in California, someone from the Social Security Administration will review the information you provided and either approve or deny your request.

If you receive a denial letter, you have the right to appeal the decision through the process the SSA has set up for this purpose.

The shipping industry has major risks for workers

The shipping industry is a huge part of the Los Angeles economy. Many workers in this area depend on the ports as their source of income. Companies that hire these workers take steps to ensure that the working conditions are as safe as possible but all risks are impossible to eliminate.

Workers who are heading to the jobsite should make sure that they are aware of the hazards they face. Some are easy to spot, but others are more hidden.

How physical therapy can help with rheumatoid arthritis

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you know that some days you can move freely, with no joint issues and on other days the pain is debilitating. At the Disability Rights Law Center, we understand that you may need financial assistance to help pay for physical therapy to treat your RA. We have helped many California residents get Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits to help them get the care they need.

According to WebMD, staying fit and healthy is vital to managing RA symptoms. This includes being active and exercising. Physical therapy is often part of a rheumatoid arthritis plan. The goal is to stimulate muscles, joints and bones to strengthen them and maintain range of movement.

What are the signs of schizophrenia?

If you think a loved one may have schizophrenia, then it is imperative to try to get him or her help. This condition can be debilitating and even dangerous. California doctors can offer help to you and the person with the diagnosis, but the first step is identifying the signs that someone you love has this disease. WebMD explains that symptoms of schizophrenia usually become apparent gradually and often start when a person is between the ages of 16 and 30.

The person who is affected typically will not be aware of the signs, but others are more capable of noticing them. Common symptoms include emotional withdrawal, depression, delusions or hallucinations, confusion and memory issues. The person may also stop taking care of his or her daily needs, such as bathing or eating. He or she may also physically start moving in different ways or seem incredibly jumpy.

Social Security Disability benefits have a long waiting time

When you have a disability, your financial future can feel incredibly uncertain. After all, a disability will likely preclude you from keeping a job, especially a good-paying job. Thankfully, the Social Security Disability program allows people who have worked their entire adult life to claim benefits when they end up disabled as the result of an injury or an illness.

Most people understand that the application process for Social Security Disability benefits is a difficult one. However, few people really understand the delays, hardships and red tape that people with disabilities must go through to connect with the benefits they deserve. It can take months or even years for someone with a serious disability to connect with the benefits he or she needs to survive.

Overcoming your physical disability and finding contentment

You have suffered a recent injury that has left you learning to cope with a new physical disability. As you start the process of healing and learning how to function with your new limitation, you will also be faced with the task of overcoming emotional setbacks as you create new goals for yourself and accept your new situation. At Disability Rights Law Center, we have helped many people in California to get compensation in circumstances where their personal injury was the result of some kind of accident. 

According to helpguide.org, one of the biggest challenges you will face is learning to accept your disability and not let it affect your attitude or determination to live a successful and happy life. Some of the things you can do to facilitate this acceptance include the following:

  • Learn about your disability and how it may affect you. Collaborate with people who have experienced the same injury and get their advice and support. 
  • Keep your goals realistic. If you have an ultimate goal, set smaller goals along the way and celebrate with each little accomplishment.
  • Discover new hobbies or interests that you have and spend time doing them. This can be a productive distraction from the emotions you may otherwise be experiencing.
  • Acknowledge your emotions and take the time to process them. Consider working with a mental health professional to receive help in overcoming roadblocks.
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