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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Description

Computers, texting and other repetitive and overuse motions can cause pain, tingling and numbness in the hand or wrist. The culprit? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a condition in which the wrist’s median nerve is “squeezed” or compressed. Read on to learn more.

Causes & Triggers

  • Age
  • Contributing medical conditions
    • Diabetes
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Thyroid gland imbalance
  • Heredity
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Repetitive or overuse injuries

Signs & Symptoms

  • Electrical-like sensations in/along:
    • Arm
    • Index or long fingers
    • Thumb
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Tingling

Tips & Treatment

  • Anatomically speaking, the carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in the wrist that protects the median nerve and flexor tendons that cause fingers and thumb to bend.
  • Irritation and swelling create pressure on the median nerve, causing numbness, tingling or pain.
  • Consult an orthopedic hand specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment, including non-surgical or surgical intervention.

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