CARPAL TUNNEL: When traffic backs up at the wrist

Chronic, lingering wrist pain that causes discomfort for daily living activities may be attributed to carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). When pain, tingling, and/or numbness is felt in some of the fingers, there can be nerve compression. This uncomfortable feeling can be attributed to the median nerve. This nerve runs down the arm, through the wrist, and then to the fingers. The route the nerve takes is through the carpal “tunnel”. Movement of all fingers (except the pinky) are controlled by this very nerve. When swelling occurs, the “tunnel” becomes narrowed. There are about 200,000 cases of CTS per year in …read more

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