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what exactly is carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Nerve compression.: Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) is compression of the median nerve at the wrist. Symptoms include numbness/tingling in the thumb, index, long and ring fingers. Symptoms may be worse at night and progress to pain. Oral/injectable steroids, night splints and therapy are good treatments. If symptoms persist, open or endoscopic carpal tunnel release will relieve symptoms, before nerve damage occurs.
Dr. Randy Hauck
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
Numbness: The carpal tunnel is a space in the wrist through which the median nerve passes. Carpal tunnel syndrome is pressure on that nerve causing numbness in the thumb, index, and long fingers. Symptoms often include tingling and pain in the fingers, wrist and arm.
Dr. Todd Siff
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Median nerve compres: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the median nerve in the wrist becomes compressed. This is due to an increase in pressure below the transverse carpal ligament in the wrist. With the increase in pressure in this compartment, the median nerve suffers. People can develop numbness and tingling affecting the thumb, index, middle and part of ring finger.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Pinching: The median nerve runs through the wrist in a closed tunnel with eleven tendons. When the space becomes limited, the median nerve can become compressed causing pain and/or numbness in the first three digits of the hand.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

What is the frequency of the carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 17 years experience
Very common: It is the most common peripheral entrapment neuropathy, and will affect approximately 5% of the population at some point in their lifetime. In fact, one autopsy study on people without any history of hand symptoms whatsoever, found that almost all of them had some degree of nerve damage in the carpal tunnel.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is the remedy for carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 17 years experience
Relieve pressure: The primary intervention for cts is to relieve pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. Since we tend to flex our wrists when we sleep, wearing a neutral position wrist splint at night can often make a big difference, especially in conjunction with antiinflammatoriess. If this fails, nerve block and release surgery are possible options.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can you please explain carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Nerve pain in wrist: There is a space( carpal tunnel) in the wrist area where the median nerve passes through to innervate the 5th, 4th and the lateral half of middle fingers; when this nerve is compressed at the level of this area(the carpal tunnel), probably due to overuse, typing, prolong use of keyboard, one can develop sharp, burning and tingling sensation on the affected hand and fingers( carpal tunnel syndrome).
A 21-year-old member asked:

I type a lot. Can that cause carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Robert Gluck
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Any activity where the wrist is moving up and down or if it is held in a bent position for a long time can put added pressure on the median nerve and thereby cause symptoms of tingling, numbnes, and pain i.E carpal tunnel symptoms. But if you are typing alot you need to be aware of many things besides just wrist position or you risk other rsi related problems. Good luck.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Does carpal tunnel syndrome mean I can't use the computer?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
No: Absolutely not. You can still use a computer. Your doctor, however, will teach you about special exercises to do, may prescribe a brace, or coach you on when to take breaks to mitigate the pain caused by the carpal tunnel syndrome.

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