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Expectations impact sickness absence after carpal tunnel surgery

Gabrielle Lis

Worker's pre-surgery expectations about the timing of RTW influence the duration of sickness absence after carpal tunnel release.

Tingling or numbness in the fingers or palm, nerve pain in the hand or wrist, swollen fingers and weak hands are symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, a common problem caused by compression of the median nerve at the point where it passes through the wrist. The compression happens as a result of a thickening or swelling of the tendons. The Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has said that carpal tunnel syndrome is generally...

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