Carpal tunnel syndrome on the rise

The growth of the computer industry and the "information highway" have led to an increased occurrence of carpal tunnel syndrome, a pinched nerve at the wrist.

Orthopedic surgeons at Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say people age 20 to 40 who use a keyboard or a 10-key pad all day or perform repetitive assembly-line work are at an increased risk.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include a loss of sensation in the hand, pain in the upper extremities or numbness in the hands while driving.

The problem can be corrected with wrist-immobilizing splints and anti-inflammatory medications.

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