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A few decades ago — before computers or checkout scanners — few people had heard of a rare condition called carpal tunnel syndrome. Today, in many offices, wrist splints are as common as Post-it notes. So, how do we keep this modern problem at bay?
To learn more, we called on Dr. Gary Kronen of MidAmerica Hand to Shoulder Clinic, which has offices in Libertyville, Mokena, Oakbrook Terrace, Palos Hills and Schaumburg. The board-certified hand and plastic surgeon will be conducting a free program on the condition Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.
Q. What exactly is carpal tunnel syndrome?
A. It's the ... irritation of the median nerve in the hand and wrist. It develops over time and may be caused by repetitive motions or forceful gripping, resulting in numbness, tingling and also, but less commonly, pain. The name refers to the canal in the wrist through which the median nerve passes.
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