Helge: The cost of $2bn a year for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in US.
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME: "CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the name for a group of problems that includes swelling, pain, tingling, and loss of strength in your wrist and hand. Your wrist is made of small bones that form a narrow groove or carpal tunnel.
Tendons and a nerve called the median nerve must pass through this tunnel from your forearm into your hand. The median nerve controls the feelings and sensations in the palm side of your thumb and fingers. Sometimes swelling and irritation of the tendons can put pressure on the wrist nerve causing the symptoms of CTS.
A person’s dominant hand is the one that is usually affected. However, nearly half of CTS sufferers have symptoms in both hands. Carpal tunnel syndrome has become more common in the U.S. and is quite costly in terms of time lost from work and expensive medical treatment.
The U.S. Department of Labor reported that in 2003 the average number of missed days of work due to CTS was 23 days, costing over $2 billion a year. It is thought that about 3.7 percent of the general public in this country suffer from CTS."