Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome seems like nothing more than a fancy name for a pinched nerve. This particular nerve is located in the wrist. The nerve runs through a thumb-sized tunnel going from the wrist towards the palm of your hand. The fact that the nerve runs through a tunnel, called the carpal tunnel, is a good thing. The tissues that make up the tunnel give the nerve a certain amount of protection.
When A Tunnel Becomes Too Crowded
A problem can occur in this tunnel however. The nerve, called the medial nerve, doesn’t have the tunnel all to itself. It has quite a bit of company. Also, the tunnel is somewhat tightly bound by ligaments and bones. Running through the tunnel along with the medial nerve are nine tendons. These are the tendons that enable you to bend your fingers. Most of the time these tendons coexist peacefully with the nerve, and most people never experience any problems. Some do however. If one or more of the tendons put pressure on the medial nerve or pinch it, the result can be uncomfortable. The nerve is responsible for the sense of feeling and touch in palm of the hand, the thumb, and the fingers with the exception of the little finger. If it becomes pinched or irritated the result can be numbness, tingling sensations, pain, or a combination of the three.