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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

08, Feb 2023 in Education & Resources

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that affects the hand and wrist. It is caused by pressure on the median nerve, which runs through a narrow passageway in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. This pressure can cause symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and pain in the hand and fingers.

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in the wrist that is formed by the bones of the wrist (the carpal bones) and the transverse carpal ligament. The median nerve and the tendons that bend the fingers and thumb pass through this tunnel. When the median nerve is compressed or squeezed, it can cause symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

There are several factors that can increase the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. These include repetitive hand movements, such as those that are common in certain jobs or hobbies, as well as certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Obesity and pregnancy can also increase the risk of developing the condition.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome typically begin gradually, with pain, tingling, or numbness in the hand and fingers. This may be worse at night and can interfere with sleep. Over time, the symptoms may become more severe and can affect the ability to grip objects or make precise hand movements.

Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome may include rest, splinting the wrist, and avoiding activities that may worsen symptoms. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve pressure on the median nerve.

If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, it is important to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment. This treatment may include soft tissue therapy and exercises prescribed by a qualified therapist. Early treatment can help prevent the condition from worsening and can improve symptoms.

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