Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is when there is a tingling or numbness in the arm and hand. This restricts movement and it quite uncomfortable and sometimes painful. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in the arm, on the palm side of the wrist. Located in the carpal tunnel, is the median nerve, which runs all the way from your forearm, through your wrist (carpal tunnel section) and into the hand. When this median nerve is under pressure, irritated or squeezed, creates the tingling sensation in all but your little finger, and can also affect motor function in the fingers and hand. Caused by a combination of factors such as injury to the wrist, inflammatory or nerve damaging conditions, plus other anatomic factors and alteration in bodily fluids, studies have not found one cause alone that leads the condition. In the diagnosing, your doctor will examine your wrist and may even ask for an x-ray to determine the condition before continuing with suggested treatments that range from nonsurgical therapy to surgery. Mild to moderate symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are naturally easier to treat than if the condition has been active for long periods of time and has escalated to painful degrees.
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