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Carpal tunnel syndrome

The carpal tunnel is located on the palm side of the wrist. A number of tendons pass through the tunnel, as well as the median nerve. When the median nerve is compressed or entrapped, pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the thumb, index, and half of the middle finger may occur. Occasionally, the ring and little finger can be affected too. The symptoms are usually more severe during rest and especially at night.

There are a number of medical conditions that can cause median nerve compression. These include arthritis, diabetes, low thyroid, and pregnancy; as well as local conditions such as fractures, dislocations, anatomical abnormalities, trauma, local tumors, and inflammation of the tendons.

In some medical studies of carpal tunnel syndrome, over fifty percent of cases were caused by jobs that have repetitive hand motion and involve vibratory tools. These led to a low grade inflammation of the tendons that compressed the median nerve and caused the above symptoms. The treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome includes splinting, anti-inflammatory medication and, if occupational causes are suspected, removal from work and redesign of the job and tools. If all conservative treatments fail, surgical decompression may be necessary.

For more information about carpal tunnel syndrome, please contact your health care provider.

Materials on this web site are for informational purposes and are not a substitute for consulting your personal physician.
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