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What is a carpal tunnel syndrome?

What is a carpal tunnel syndrome?

Pinch nerve: it is a repetitive stress syndrome which causes the nerve inside the carpal tunnel called the median nerve to be compressed. Symptoms include numbness , tingling, pain that shoots up to the elbow and neck and worse at night ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

The carpal tunnel is formed by the bones, tissues, and ligaments of the wrist. This tunnel exists to protect the median nerve, which controls sensations and movement to the thumb and fingers (not including the little finger). Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the carpal tunnel is inflamed and swollen, which pinches the median nerve and results in feelings of numbness, decreased grip strength, and muscle ...Read more


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What leads to carpal tunnel syndrome?

What leads to carpal tunnel syndrome?

Nerve compression: Carpal tunnel syndrome is median nerve compression in the carpal tunnel at the base of the palm. Increased pressure in the confined space of the carpal tunnel causes compression of the nerve resulting in numbness of the thumb, index, long, and half the ring finger.Common causes are underlying tendonitis, overuse and repetitive use, pregnancy, and diabetes or hypothyroidism are predisposing factors. ...Read more

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What exactly is carpal tunnel syndrome?

What exactly is carpal tunnel syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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What will relieve carpal tunnel symptoms?

What will  relieve carpal tunnel symptoms?

Night time splinting: Wrist splinting at night is most helpful, especially since most with cts complain of their pain at night. High dose vitamin b6 has always been suggested. For data entry/typing work, make sure elbows are elevated to the level of the hands and supported to take tension off forearms and to allow the wrist to be flat and not cocked up. If this does not help, seek a surgical consultation. ...Read more

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What can cause carpal tunnel syndrome at 13?

What can cause carpal tunnel syndrome at 13?

Unusual: Besides what was mentioned, make sure that 1. It really is carpal tunnel 2, there are no other illness such as inflammatory disorders, rheumatoid, lyme etc 3, there are no endocrine or metabolic issues such as thyroid disease or diabetes etc 4. Some inborn problems with nerves and fat deposition talk to your pediatrician and then see an hand surgeon. ...Read more

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What happens if carpal tunnel is left untreated?

What happens if carpal tunnel is left untreated?

Median Nerve damage: Then the median nerve gets damaged and even after releasing it with surgery the hand wil continue with symptoms. ...Read more

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What exactly is carpal tunnel release surgery?|

What exactly is carpal tunnel release surgery?|

Ligament release: The transverse carpal ligament is the superior border of the carpal tunnel. The median nerve runs within the carpal tunnel and when compressed, causes the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). In order to relive the pressure on the median nerve, the transverse carpal ligament must be released. This is accomplished with either open or endoscopic techniques. ...Read more

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What is endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery?

What is endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery?

CTS Surgery: The endoscopic surgery is performed by a orthopedic surgeon who makes very small incisions in the wrist area and then use them to decompress the median nerve which is involved in cts. The down time is substantially less with this surgery. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a carpal tunnel brace used for?

Good option : It is a common conservative treatment option for cts. It keeps the hand neutral or slightly extended. This minimizes irritation of the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel and often times reduces or alleviates the cts symptoms. ...Read more

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Tried the brace; no luck. What can help Carpal Tunnel besides cortisone shots or surgery?

Tried the brace; no luck. What can help Carpal Tunnel besides cortisone shots or surgery?

Possibilities: Would rate the following about 35% effective, but might be tried: Pyridoxine phosphate 100 mg twice daily for 6 weeks, with an added anti-inflammatory med such as Naproxen Sodium 375 mg thrice daily. ...Read more