Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common problem that affects the use of your hand, and is caused by compression of the median nerve at the wrist. It most often occurs when the median nerve in the wrist becomes inflamed after being aggravated by repetitive movements such as typing on a computer keyboard or playing the piano. It also seems to affect professional artists fairly commonly – in particular, sculptors and printmakers.

The "carpal tunnel" is formed by the bones, tendons and ligaments that surround the median nerve. Since the median nerve supplies sensation to the thumb, index and middle finger, and part of the ring finger, and provides motion to the muscles of the thumb and hand, you might notice numbness and weakness in these areas.

Carpal tunnel syndrome Overview

  • Common Symptoms

  • Common Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Diagnosing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Conservative (Nonsurgical) Treatments

  • When Surgery is Necessary

  • Recovery After Surgery


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