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"History Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome"

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that just about everyone has heard about.  It seemed to have come out of the blue in the 1990s when people in offices were considered at risk for getting this condition that is characterized by severe pain that radiates from the fingers to the arm.  Because of involvement by OSHA, an organization that maintained that the condition was work related, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome was cast into the spotlight about 15 years ago.  Since then, millions of hand surgeries have been performed to split the carpal tunnel ligament that have proven to be successful at curing this condition.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome was first mentioned in 1938 in medical textbooks but was not officially diagnosed in patients until the 1960s when Dr. George Phalen worked with patients who suffered from the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in his clinic.  As office jobs and typing became more populated in the United States, more cases of this syndrome were then diagnosed. 

As computer technology made its way into the daily lives of people throughout the world and became prevalent in the 1990s, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome became a common complaint of office workers.  Federal laws soon mandated that businesses had to take steps to help office workers, as well as other worker, avoid getting this painful condition.  Wrist guards were soon implemented in offices on computers and keyboards were re-configured to make them easier to use and allow the wrists to remain straight while using them. 

Today, most people are aware of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and because of steps to reduce the pressure on the wrists as well as more knowledge about the syndrome, fewer people are suffering, despite the fact that computers are part of just about every home. 

Some steps that you can take to avoid getting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include keeping your wrists elevated when you are typing on the computer as well as keeping them straight.  If you feel a tingling pain in one of your hands, do not be so quick to dismiss it as your hand just “falling asleep.”   The tingling sensation in the hands and fingers is often the first symptom of early Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  If caught early, this condition can be reversed by using simple exercises to expand the carpal tunnel, a ligament in the wrist, and avoid compression of the nerves.  This includes practicing correct posture as you work as well as using wrist guards that will enable you to keep your wrist straight.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a troublesome condition that can be very painful.  Fortunately, because of knowledge of the disorder that has circulated within the public, and the fact that if caught early, the condition can be reversed, many people today are able to avoid getting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome