By Dr. Bruce Forciea
Carpal tunnel is an inflammation of a nerve in the hand called the median nerve. The nerve passes through the wrist in a small compartment called the carpal tunnel. If the pressure inside the tunnel increases the nerve reacts by becoming inflamed. Pressure increases can be caused by inflammation of the forearm tendons that also pass through the tunnel or increases in fluid pressure from fluid retention such as in pregnancy.
I have treated many cases of carpal tunnel in my practice and many patients make three big mistakes that really adversely affect their prognosis.
Mistake Number One: Get a Proper Diagnosis
There are a number of conditions that cause hand pain and numbness. For example there is another nerve can than become irritated in the little finger side of the hand called the ulnar nerve. If you’ve ever struck the “funny bone” of your elbow …