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What causes carpal tunnel?

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Dr. Stephen Cohen
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Nerve compression

Carpal tunnel syndrome is compression of the median nerve in the wrist.
Common causes are repetitive stress and pregnancy. Typical symptoms are burning and tingling in the hands at night.

In brief: Nerve compression

Carpal tunnel syndrome is compression of the median nerve in the wrist.
Common causes are repetitive stress and pregnancy. Typical symptoms are burning and tingling in the hands at night.
Dr. Stephen Cohen
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
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In brief: See below

The median nerve becomes compressed by the transverse carpal ligament that forms the roof of the carpal tunnel as it passes through the carpal tunnel.

In brief: See below

The median nerve becomes compressed by the transverse carpal ligament that forms the roof of the carpal tunnel as it passes through the carpal tunnel.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Mariaelaina Sumas
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Median n compression

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve at the wrist.
This is usually worse in the dominant hand and more common in typist and people using jackhammer. There is repetitive motion of the wrist. Symptoms include weakness opening jars and numbness of thumb to ring finger. Often pain will wake one up at night and is relieved with shaking of the hand.

In brief: Median n compression

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve at the wrist.
This is usually worse in the dominant hand and more common in typist and people using jackhammer. There is repetitive motion of the wrist. Symptoms include weakness opening jars and numbness of thumb to ring finger. Often pain will wake one up at night and is relieved with shaking of the hand.
Dr. Mariaelaina Sumas
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Dr. Per Freitag
Carpal Tunnel syndrome has five common causes: Thickening of the transverse carpal ligament, synovitis of the flexor tendons (common in pregnancy), thickening of the TCL combined with flexor tenosynovitis, prominent lumbrical muscles which attach to the flexor profundus tendons and are pulled into the carpal tunnel during activities with the fingers flexed, and as a result of trauma to the wrist
Dr. Laurence Haber
Neurology

In brief: Usually unknown

Pregnancy, hypothyroid, repetitive stress injury.

In brief: Usually unknown

Pregnancy, hypothyroid, repetitive stress injury.
Dr. Laurence Haber
Dr. Laurence Haber
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