Cumulative Trauma Disorder

Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD) is the result of excessive use of the muscles, tendons and nerves in the arms and upper back. Failure to effectively reduce tension in those areas can lead to a variety of disorders and conditions that can limit the range of motion needed to perform every day functions. Symptoms of CTD are usually any one of the following:

  • Recurring pain or soreness in the neck, shoulders, back, wrists or hands.
  • Tingling, numbness, coldness or loss of sensation.
  • Loss of grip strength, lack of endurance, weakness and fatigue.
  • Muscles in the arms and shoulders feel hard and wiry.
  • Pain or numbness while lying in bed.

CTD injuries most commonly occur with assembly line workers. Specifically, those who work in boatyards or on part assembly lines seem most susceptible to the effects of CTD. Unfortunately, most employers do not allow employees time to recover from CTD-related injuries, nor do they provide education on techniques to combat the onset of conditions or ailments that can accelerate the onset of CTD.

If you or a loved one has suffered the adverse effects of Cumulative Trauma Disorder, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for costs incurred while attempting to treat your condition, time taken off from work, or both. CTD issues are complex and difficult to define, so make sure to consult with an admiralty law attorney experienced in the CTD laws and litigation.