Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve that runs from the forearm through the wrist and into the hand becomes pressed or squeezed within the wrist compartment. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is responsible for hours of lost work in the United States among specific job categories.
The median nerve, that runs through the wrist compartment controls the sensation to the palm side of the thumb and the first three fingers but not the last pinkie finger. Patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome often complain that their fingers feel swollen even though there is no apparent swelling to the joints or fingers. There is however, pain, weakness or numbness in the hand and wrist, which radiates up the arm.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a form of entrapment neuropathy. Neuropathy is a fancy way of saying that there is nerve involvement and often nerve pain that is difficult to control.
The carpal tunnel …