Carpal tunnel syndrome and motor vehicle accidents

J Am Osteopath Assoc. 1996 Apr;96(4):223-6. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.1996.96.4.223.


Carpal tunnel syndrome can result from acute injury, as indicated by a retrospective study. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome developed in 96 patients within 2 months after an automobile accident. Forty-four (46%) of these 96 patients underwent carpal tunnel release. It is postulated that the mechanism of injury is blunt trauma from the steering wheel or dashboard.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / etiology*
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Factors