Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Getting a Grip on the Latest Treatments

Dr. David Friedman

Having discomfort in your hand and wrist? Weak, numb or tingling fingers? You may be experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS.) Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused when the median nerve, which runs from your forearm through your wrist into your hand, gets compressed. The most common cause of this pinching is repetitive use of the hands and arms (i.e. typing at a computer, punching cash register keys, texting, using tools, knitting, etc.) According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), CTS causes the highest number of days lost among all work related injuries. The ailment has become the nation’s most common and costly occupational health problem, affecting hundreds of thousands of American workers, and costing more than $20 billion a year in workers compensation.

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