Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 21, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963855 | Print ISBN: 9781412941860 | Online ISBN: 9781412963855 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Hand Injuries and Disorders
Injuries and disorders of the hand can often cause a person to change his or her entire lifestyle. As time progresses, the human race tends to be increasingly dependent upon their hands for fine coordinated movements, such as typing and dialing numbers on miniature phones. With this dependency upon hands and fingers to maximize technological capability, new hand injuries are emerging, and the existing ones are becoming that much more debilitating. Additionally, because acute hand injury is the leading cause of occupational injury treated in U. S. hospital emergency departments, it is imperative that risk factors for traumatic hand injury are identified and dealt with properly by employers. The carpal tunnel is a passageway of bones and ligament found at the base of the hand that is sometimes narrowed if swelling occurs. Specifically, carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression in the median nerve in the wrist. This may result ...