The Truth About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Finding Answers, Getting Well

By (author) Jill Gambaro

Publication date:

05 June 2014

Length of book:

164 pages


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781442225794

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 takes us down the RSI rabbit hole to a strange land filled with cruel insurance companies, vanishing attorneys, and domineering doctors. In this millennium, because of our excessive screen use, her personal struggle, health discoveries, and political insight should be required reading, especially for Congress.

In the end, she manages to finds friends, and some hope, for those with this insidious, misunderstood disease who are some of the hardest working workers in the world. Thank you Jill!