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Carpal Tunnel: Common Causes And When To See A Doctor

Find answers to commonly asked questions about carpal tunnel.

What is Carpal Tunnel?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that causes pain, numbness and a tingling in the hand and arm. It occurs when the median nerve – one of the major nerves to the hand is squeezed and compressed as it travels through to the wrist.

 

Carpal tunnel syndrome generally gets worse over time, so it important to seek diagnosis and treatment early on. 

Carpal tunnel is a complaint among people irrespective of their age.

 

There can be various reasons for the development of Carpal Tunnel and determining the exact cause is essential to obtain proper treatment.

Carpal Tunnel Facts – How is the Wrist Designed and What is its Function?

The wrist is a joint that bridges the hand to the forearm. The wrist is a complex joint and is actually a collection of multiple bones and joints. It includes the distal ends of the radius and ulna, 8 carpal bones and the proximal portions of the 5 metacarpal bones.

 

What is the carpal tunnel? It is a narrow passageway in the wrist that is about an inch wide. The floor and sides of this tunnel are made up of small wrist bones called carpal bones. The function of the carpal tunnel is to protect the median nerve and flexor tendons that bend the fingers and thumb.

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