Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the result of compression and inflammation of the median nerve that travels through the wrist supplying the thumb side of the hand. The carpel tunnel is a very small opening about one-quarter inch below the surface of the wrist through which the median nerve passes. The median nerve is vulnerable to compression or injury from several sources: inflammation and tendonitis from repetitive motion, swelling from pregnancy or water retention, pressure from bone spurs, poorly aligned wrist bones, poor diet, and even stress. The compression will produce sensations of numbness, tingling and pain. These sensations are felt in the thumb, index, and middle finger. Symptoms are usually worse during sleep due to the way the hand is positioned or because inflammation and swelling are worse in the evening. Over time, muscles in the hand will weaken and atrophy, especially at the base of the thumb. <more>

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