Tunnel Syndrome (CTS),
the most common of the Repetitive Motion illnesses, is known medically
as a "nerve entrapment disorder."
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is the number one
cause of occupational cumulative trauma injury in the United States.
And every year more than 850,000 new problem visits are made to
physicians because of carpal tunnel syndrome.
is a painful condition and is caused by pressure on the median nerve,
one of three main nerves passing from the arm to the hand. The median
nerve passes through the wrist, which consists of eight small bones
that form a "tunnel". The tunnel narrows, due to swelling of the
protective sheaths around the wrist tendons, resulting in pressure on
the sensitive median nerve.