Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The median nerve and hand tendons must pass through a narrowed area in the wrist to get to the hand. Injury, swelling or anything that takes up extra space or reshapes this tunnel can cause pain or weakness. Inflammation of the tendons from repetitive use of the hand and wrist may also lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Effective treatment may begin with rest and anti-inflammatory drugs, followed by physical therapy treatment to the neck, shoulder and arm. Therapy includes evaluation of sensation, strength, posture and shoulder-arm mechanics, with treatments including ice, massage, ultrasound, proper biomechanics and exercise. Occasionally (in severe cases) surgery may be required to relieve nerve pressure. To learn more, visit the National Institutes of Health website.
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