Carpal Tunnel Syndrome | Nucleus Health

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome | Nucleus Health


The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage in the
wrist. It is formed by wrist bones on the bottom and sides and a tough band of connective
tissue, called the transverse carpal ligament, on top. Muscle tendons and the median nerve
pass through the carpal tunnel. The median nerve controls muscles in the palm and base
of the thumb, allowing them to move. It also provides feeling to the thumb and nearby two
and a half fingers. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where tissue swelling causes
pressure to build up within the carpal tunnel. This puts pressure on the median nerve. Over
time median nerve pressures results in symptoms in the areas of hand it supplies. Common symptoms
in these areas are pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness. Risk factors for carpal tunnel
syndrome include a smaller carpal tunnel from being female or from genes passed down from
parents, wrist injuries, other medical conditions that cause inflammation, fluid buildup, or
nerve damage such as diabetes, pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, and hypothyroidism,
and repetitive hand or wrist motions. A common treatment for mild to moderate carpal tunnel
syndrome is keeping the wrist in a neutral position by wearing a brace or splint. In
addition, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, may help relieve pain. A
doctor may recommend a corticosteroid injection to reduce inflammation and swelling. For moderate
to severe symptoms, a doctor may recommend a surgical procedure called carpal tunnel
release. This procedure may be done as an open procedure through an incision between
the palm and wrist, or it may be done as an endoscopic procedure through a small keyhole
incision. The surgeon will perform this procedure with an endoscope, which is a device containing
a tiny camera and surgical instruments. In both procedures the transverse carpal ligament
will be cut to relieve pressure on the median nerve. At the end of either procedure the
incision will be closed with sutures.

36 comments

  1. My left hand has that and i'm a gamer so is it because i use the keyboard too much?

    edit: also i have a HUGE anxiety about it and when i think it it hurts i don't know why lmao.

  2. I had both palms operated on due to severe pain in the first 3 fingers of both hands and numbness. NO MORE PAIN ! You can t even see any scars. HENRY FORD HOSPITAL Vickie

  3. I was told today I have this. I play Fallout 4 mostly on PC and I moved my fingers around very fast and weird so I blame Bethesda and my lack of discipline for my condition. Anyone else get CTS from Bethesda games?

  4. 2 months ago i felt like my left hand was always cold and like i would need to extend my fingers to relieve the coldness and because it felt sore. I burned my three finger tips on my left hand about a month ago. I been lifting weights at the gym and just 2 days ago I started playing bass after a long time. This morning I woke up with a burning sensation on my left three fingers, almost like I burned them again. I iced it, took medication then went back to sleep. 6 hours later and it started tingling. So I am icing it again and now the burning sensation is back. I think I am getting symptoms of carpal tunnel. I can’t go to the doctor because my insurance plan is back at school (still on summer break) so I don’t know what to do to relieve the pain!! Help! I want to head back to the gym but I don’t know if I should/could continue to lift weights

  5. I have carparl tunnel since the age of 14, I can't pick up hevy things or make repetitive movements. I can't even style my hair withouht feeling weakness rapidly

  6. I work in an office and it kinda aches every time I use my keyboard and mouse which is annoying. Can I still go to the gym? Only aches tiny bit in certain motions. Thanks

  7. My grandma has suffered from this for years, and has to wear a hand brace alot. My mom is starting to show symptoms as well. So, most likely, I will eventually get it when I get older (we all have tiny wrists). Fantastic, more things to look forward to lol
    By the way here's some great treatment options for carpal tunnel that I found online: www.CarpalTunnel. club

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