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Carpal Tunnel Release

Carpal Tunnel Release

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm. The condition, carpal tunnel syndrome may occur when one of the major nerves to the hand, the median nerve, is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the wrist.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The carpal tunnel syndrome, also called median nerve compression, is a numbness and tingling in the hand and arm caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in the wrist, which is approximately an inch wide. The floor and sides of the tunnel are formed by small wrist bones, which are called the carpal bones. It protects the median nerve and flexor tendons that bend the fingers and thumb.

Contributing to carpal tunnel syndrome usually are your wrist anatomy, any underlying health conditions, and patterns of your hand use. The key symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are pain in the hand and arm with numbness or tingling. We may recommend ice, wrist splints, resting, cortisone injections, and surgery, carpal tunnel release, for the treatment of carpal tunnel.

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