Can Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cost Working Women their Jobs?
(ARA) – While millions of people in the country suffer from the pain and numbness caused by cumulative trauma disorders, especially Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), working women are the most common victims. With over 68 million women in the work force, many of them in traditional jobs using a computer, the chances of women being at risk for CTS are three times higher than men and as a result, women could really be at risk of losing their jobs — temporarily, if not permanently. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed, squeezed or repeatedly stressed over time. Repetitive hand and finger movement, such as working at a computer station, can lead to the compression of the median nerve. More and more females suffer from CTS each day. Why? Physically, women have smaller, square shaped wrists and a narrower carpal tunnel passage which predisposes them to developing CTS. With a lower average body temperature, women often ha