Cumulative Trauma Disorders of Thumb/Wrist
Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTD) are physical problems affecting joints and soft tissues (muscles, tendons and nerves). Cumulative Trauma Disorders most often affect the back and wrists, but can damage fingers, elbows, shoulders, neck, arms and legs. Limited range of motion or a reduction in the ability to grip objects can occur if a CTD is untreated. Discomfort, swelling or muscle fatigue that does not disappear with rest are the beginning signs of a CTD. The aching muscle may feel as if it has been strained or overused. Another sign is tingling or numbness. All these symptoms may become chronic and can result in muscle weakness and nerve problems.