As many as 15 million people in the United States are estimated to suffer from carpal tunnel effects. Carpal tunnel affects is the most expensive work-related injury, according to the American Chiropractic Association, with an average cost of $30,000 in medical bills and time away from work.   Ligaments and bones in the base of the hand form the carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel affects can cause pain, weakness, and numbness in the hand and wrist if the tendons in the tunnel become inflamed or irritated. In many cases, carpal tunnel affects patients who report that their fingers feel useless and swollen, making it difficult to grasp small objects or form a fist, even though the hand appears normal. Carpal tunnel affects is a progressive condition, which means that if left untreated, it can worsen over time.   Carpal tunnel affects can be caused by a variety of factors, including congenital conditions, trauma or injury to the wrist, overactivity of the pituitary gland, rheumatoid arthritis, or pregnancy complications. However, repetitive motion is a major factor in the development of carpal tunnel effects. Carpal tunnel affects is more common among assembly line workers in a variety of industries, as well as those in the following professions: […] read more