Carpal tunnel syndrome accounts for over $1 billion in direct costs annually in the United States. It is the most common nerve compression disorder in the upper extremity. Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by pain in the hand and fingers due to compression of the median nerve. It may be caused by repetitive movements over a long period, or by fluid retention, and is characterized by sensations of tingling, numbness, or burning.
I am sure most of you know a relative, friend or coworker that has dealt with carpal tunnel syndrome.
The other day, Bob Gazso had told me an intriguing story about his mother, who was previously diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome.
He said, “My mother had pains in her hands and wrists about 8 years ago, so she went to see a neurologist. The neurologist ran some nerve conduction tests and was diagnosed with bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome. The doctor recommended surgery to alleviate the symptoms.