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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The median nerve, located in the wrist, provides feeling and movement to the thumb side of the hand, which includes the palm and several fingers. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when there is extreme pressure on the median nerve. Some people are born with a small carpal tunnel, which is where the median nerve enters the hand, but repetitive hand and wrist motions, such as typing or playing a musical instrument, also can be causes.

Symptoms

  • Numbness or tingling in the palm of the hand, thumb, index or middle fingers
  • Problems with coordination
  • Weak grip
  • Pain extending the elbow, in the wrist or hand

Treatment

  • Wearing a splint at night
  • Warm and cold compresses
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen
  • Corticosteroid injections for inflammation
  • Carpal tunnel release surgery cuts into the ligament pressing on the nerve.

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