What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

April 2, 2010

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), also called median neuropathy at the wrist, is a medical condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist. It is a relatively common condition that causes pain, numbness and a burning or stinging sensation in the hand and fingers. Symptoms of CTS can range from mild to severe.

According to the journal Plastic and reconstructive surgery (Volume 105(5)April 2000pp 1662-1665), approximately 1% of the US population and 5% of the US working population who must undergo repetitive use of their hands and wrists in daily living are affected by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Over 463,000 carpal surgery releases (surgeries) are performed annually in the United States, accounting for $1 billion in direct costs…more