Trauma and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A Comprehensive Guide to the Literature for Personal Injury Lawyers

Publisher: Medifocus Legal
Publication Date: August 30, 2016
Number of Pages: 84

The carpal tunnel is the space bordered by the carpal bones on the floor and sides of the wrist and a thick ligament on top. Originating in the forearm, the median nerve courses through the carpal tunnel and then branches out to innervate the digits. Since the carpal tunnel is a confined space, if for any reason this space is compressed and becomes smaller, it can cause compression of the median nerve leading to a constellation of symptoms and a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

* Numbness, tingling, and weakness of the areas of the hand that are innervated by the median nerve.

* Pain in the hand, wrist, and forearm.

* Worsening of pain with flexion of the wrist.

* Stiffness of the fingers particularly when awakening in the morning.

The clinical diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome is based on a careful patient history which will reveal the classic symptoms and a physical examination which typically shows sensory abnormalities in the areas innervated by the median nerve. The diagnosis can be confirmed with electrodiagnostic studies that can provide objective evidence of median nerve conduction abnormalities at the wrist.

In many cases, carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by repetitive motion of the wrist and performing work that involves vibrating tools or other heavy labor. Carpal tunnel syndrome has also been linked to some underlying preexisting conditions that increase the risk for developing the condition such as diabetes, obesity, hypothyroidism, and pregnancy. The role of trauma in the etiology of carpal tunnel syndrome has been recognized for over 40 years and is of particular relevance to personal injury lawyers in litigating carpal tunnel syndrome claims arising from a traumatic injury to the hand, wrist, or forearm. Individual case reports and case series have been reported in the published medical literature that document the development of carpal tunnel syndrome from trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident or a fall resulting in injury to the outstretched hand.

The MediFocus Literature Guide to Trauma and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome captures the salient articles published since the 1970s in peer-reviewed medical journals regarding the role of trauma in the etiology of carpal tunnel syndrome. It also includes information about surgical and non-surgical treatments, outcomes, and rehabilitation for carpal tunnel syndrome. This unique Guide consists of over 90 hand-selected references published in peer-reviewed journals with links to the article abstracts and full-text sources. You also receive FREE online access to full-text copies of 14 journal articles – an estimated value of about $700 based on the average cost of the individual articles.

Trauma and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a one-of-a-kind literature reference Guide that includes:

  • A comprehensive bibliography of 94 journal article references indexed in MEDLINE published in well respected medical and scientific journals.
  • Online access to the abstracts (summaries) of the articles.
  • Online access to the free full-text version of 14 articles.
  • Links to full-text sources of other articles that are available for purchase directly from individual journal publishers.
  • A unique “Author Directory” consisting of the names and institutional affiliations of experts who have published and have specialized knowledge about Trauma and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The “Author Directory” is a valuable resource for quickly identifying and locating experts for case reviews, opinions, and testimony.

Select examples of topics that are covered by the articles referenced in this Guidebook include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and motor vehicle accidents.
  • Peripheral nerve entrapment caused by motor vehicle crashes.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome or trigger finger associated with neck injury in automobile accidents.
  • Head injury – cervical strain – carpal tunnel syndrome: Deposition of plaintiff’s neurosurgeon – direct and cross-examination.
  • Risk of carpal tunnel syndrome in patients with distal radial fractures.
  • Outcomes of treatment for recurrent and persistent carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • A systematic review of return to work following carpal tunnel release surgery.
  • Co-existing carpal tunnel syndrome in complex regional pain syndrome after hand trauma.
  • Acute median nerve neuropathy after wrist trauma.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging findings in post-traumatic carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Entrapment of the median nerve following supracondylar fractures of the humerus.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome after Colles’ fracture.
  • Volar fracture dislocations of the second and third carpometacarpal joints associated with acute carpal tunnel syndrome.
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