carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common problem. It results from pressure on the median nerve. It runs from the wrist through a narrow area – the carpel tunnel -- to the hand. The condition is linked to overuse of the hand and wrist, and repetitive motion. That’s why it afflicts people who spend a lot of time using keyboards and computer mouses. Typical symptoms include numbness, tingling, a weakened grip and nighttime discomfort. If caught early, carpal tunnel syndrome may be effectively dealt with by rest, physical therapy, bracing or injections. Advanced cases may require surgery. Often, the best solution involves cutting the carpal ligament. This reduces pressure on your median nerve. After the operation, most patients experience a relief from the condition’s symptoms.

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