These statistics don’t even begin to tell the true story behind Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. What medical science doesn’t understand, the workers’ compensation industry denies and delays. A California report indicates that workers suffering these injuries become stuck in the system three times longer than any other occupational injury or illness, leading to three times the permanent disabilities. Insurance industry-backed reform measures have shifted the cost of those disabilities onto Social Security and Medicare so that most of the responsibility for compensating disabled workers now resides in the federal government. When today's texting teens enter the workforce, one-third of them are expected to have a pre-existing condition from overuse of technology, and 94.8% of Medicare’s costs will be covering the disabled.
The Truth About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Finding Answers, Getting Well by Jill Gambaro is available through Rowman & Littlefield. For more information visit www.carpaltunnelsyndrome.com.