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can you please explain carpal tunnel?

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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 58 years experience
Wrist anatomy: The 7 small bones in the wrist form an incomplete circle which is completed with a fibrous band across the wrist forming a "canal" through which the tendons and the median nerve pass!
Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
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Janet G. Travell, MD who was/is the matriarch of pain therapy noted in the 1950-90's something interesting about joint pain. She stated that any joint area stiffness, aching and tension was due to muscles NOT the joint proper. So her myofascial therapy protocols are designed to treat all types of "joint pain." Begin a self-care Wellness Program of Vits, Magnesium glycinate, sleep hygiene, self/pro Massage, chiropractor, heat, Epsom soaking, stretching. I use acupuncture!
Nov 3, 2012
Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
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Myofascial tissue disease can cause congestion in the tunnel and cause constriction. Treat the tissues and the congestion will go away. No need for complex surgery. Just as state above.
Nov 3, 2012
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Nerve compression: http://www.handctr.com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-q-a.html median nerve compression at the wrist gives numbness in the blue area and loss of muscle function in the large muscle of the thumb.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
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Dec 28, 2012
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
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Dec 28, 2012
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Nerve Compression: The carpal tunnel is the part of the wrist at the base of the palm that contains the flexor tendons of the hand and the median nerve as they travel from the forearm to the hand. Swelling in this space can cause median nerve compression leading to carpal tunnel syndrome. The symptoms are numbness, tingling and pain.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Carpal tunnel answer: http://www.handctr.com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-q-a.html median nerve compression at the wrist gives numbness in the blue area and loss of muscle function in the large muscle of the thumb here is a nice video i made a few years back http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=lwghddhvm60&list=plcbd41f7a42e20469&index=4&feature=plpp_video.
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Carpal tunnel: This is the canal through which the median nerve and hand flexor tendons travel. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a pinching of the median nerve, usually by the transverse carpal ligament.

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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:

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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

If I have carpal tunnel syndrome is it permanent?

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Dr. Brandon Zabukovic
Family Medicine 19 years experience
No: Standard therapy for carpal tunnel is: 1) night splints, 2) anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen or naproxen, 3) avoidance of the repetitive activities that caused the carpal tunnel syndrome. Sometimes, we inject steroids into the area of the carpal tunnel. Failing these treatments, we usually recommend a surgery called carpal tunnel release. In most cases, your symptoms will resolve.

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