It can start in any number of ways: A legal secretary notices a strange buzzing in her palm. It soon spreads to a fiery ache across her entire upper body. Within a few months, she becomes totally disabled. Trapped in the medical and legal systems without any answers, she desperately attempts to regain her health and her livelihood.
Fifteen percent of Americans suffer from pain associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but only 5 percent ever receive that diagnosis. Medical science does not agree on what causes it or even if it exists. Technology has caused incidents to skyrocket, making nearly everyone susceptible-even teenagers and children. It is the number one occupational illness in the United States, and the most common cause of physical disability in the world, costing approximately $850 billion a year in this country alone.
The Truth About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a compelling patient account of this controversial injury. Using layman's terms, the book describes why it's so difficult to treat, how the author learned to manage hers, and how the medical and legal systems work in conflict to those suffering such injuries. Offering hope to sufferers and their loved ones, this book captures the reality of carpal tunnel syndrome and suggests ways for dealing not just with the injury but with the systems in place to deal with the losses associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Jill Gambaro, has lived with multiple repetitive strain injuries known as a "double crush" for over 13 years. A former executive director of the Los Angeles Repetitive Strain Injury Support Group and former board member of the Cumulative Trauma Disorders Resource Network, Jill has interviewed hundreds of doctors, lawyers, physical therapists, alternative healers, injured workers, members of the workers' compensation community, and RSI sufferers. She has met with representatives from Senators Feinstein and Boxer's offices; wrote an article entitled "Is Work Killing Us?" for the Washington Free Press; spoke at the California state capitol during a press conference on the California Workers' Compensation System; appeared on Which Way LA? on National Public Radio's KCET station in Los Angeles; as well as KCAL-KCBS five o'clock and eleven o'clock news to discuss reforms in the California Workers' Compensation system. She is a professional writer and film producer. For more information visit: www.truthaboutcarpaltunnel.com.