In automobile accidents, the steering wheel can be considered a “blunt instrument” that can create bodily injury. The one thing in common for virtually every driver is that they are holding onto the steering wheel during an accident, leaving their hands and wrists exposed to injury. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is one of the most common steering wheel injuries.
Conservative care is indicated as soon as possible, often with favorable outcomes, yet many victims are left with permanent loss of function, even if treated. In “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Motor Vehicle Accidents” by Ames, E.L. (1996), it is concluded that ” Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome developed in 96 patients within two months after an automobile accident” (p.223)
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1. Ames, E. L. (1996). Carpal tunnel syndrome and motor vehicle accidents. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 96(4), 223-226.