Hand and Wrist


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Overview

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition which causes painful compression of the median nerve in the wrist. This can interfere with a person’s daily ability to use the wrist and hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive condition that can worsen without proper care.

Risk Factors

A variety of factors can increase a person’s risk for carpal tunnel syndrome. It is believed to be more common in people who have smaller carpal tunnels. It is more common in women than in men. The condition may be caused by a fracture or dislocation of the wrist. It may be linked to conditions such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. Repetitive motions of the hand and fingers, especially extensive keyboard use, are often discussed as a possible cause.

Fortunately for those suffering with carpal tunnel or arthritis, we offer a range of treatment options, including wrist and hand surgery, medication, and exercises.

Anatomy


The carpal tunnel is a passageway in the wrist formed by the carpal ligament and the bones of the hand. This passageway protects the hand’s median nerve (main nerve). The carpal tunnel also houses the tendons that control the bending of each finger.

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