What You Need To Know About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Your body is an intricate network of nerves that make sure your muscles communicate with the brain. Median nerve compression, commonly known as carpal tunnel syndrome, is caused by pressure on the median nerve, which is the main nerve of the front of your forearm. Proper treatment usually relieves the tingling sensation and restores wrist and hand functions.
Read on to find out more about carpal tunnel syndrome:

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by unnecessary and prolonged pressure on the median nerve. The median nerve runs from your forearm through a passageway in your wrist, down to your hand. It provides sensation to the palm side of your thumbs and fingers, save for your pinkies. It also provides nerve signals to move the muscles around the base of your thumb. Try this little experiment on yourself to see your median nerve at work: rotate your thumb in a circle and notice how the muscles in your hands tense up and slacken based on your thumb’s movement. Anything that squeezes or irritates the median nerve in the carpal tunnel can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, like a wrist fracture or the swelling and inflammation caused by arthritis. Often, there are no singular causes to carpal tunnel syndrome, but it occurs due to a combination of risk factors that contribute to the development of the condition.