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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Carpal tunnel syndrome is a problem that affects many American every year Some get it from work related injuries and some from everyday events a person partakes in The causes symptoms and the cures of carpal tunnel syndrome will be examined CTS can be hard for many people to understand and to deal with on a daily basis Now people can get rid of CTS with anywhere from over-the-counter drugs to full out surgery Carpal tunnel syndrome can be debilitating but with technology it is possible to live happily Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common problem that affects the hand and wrist This condition or syndrome has become the focus of much attention in the last few years due to suggestions that it may be linked to occupations that require repetitive use of the hands such as typing 3 In reality there are many people who develop this condition regardless of the type of work that they do Denna Rosolen states the carpal tunnel is a passageway in the wrist formed by the eight carpal wrist bones which make up the floor and sides of the tunnel and the transverse carpal ligament a strong ligament stretching across the roof of the tunnel Inside the carpal tunnel are nine flexor tendons which bend down the fingers and thumb Also running through the carpal tunnel is the median nerve a cord about the size of a pencil containing thousands of nerve fibers supplying sensation to the thumb index and middle fingers and half of the ring finger The median nerve lies directly beneath the transverse carpal ligament and comes in contact with the ligament when bending or straightening the wrist or fingers4 Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by increased pressure in the carpal tunnel resulting in compression of the median nerve Thickening of the tendons can restrict the shape within the tunnel and cause the nerve to become pressed against the ligament
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