Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist & Nutritionist affirms!
Everyone has a carpal tunnel, but not everyone has carpal tunnel syndrome.
Before learning about what carpal tunnel syndrome is, it is essential to first become acquainted with what the carpal tunnel is, and everyone has a carpal tunnel, but not everyone has carpal tunnel syndrome.
The eight bones that make up your wrist, and are located at the base of your palm are called carpals. These bones form a joint with the forearm hand bones, and this forms the carpal tunnel.
Inside this tunnel are nine tendons and one nerve. The tendons are what allow you to flex your fingers.
The median nerve crosses the carpal tunnel and is what causes your muscles to contract.
The median nerve also tells the brain what sensations you experience on the thumb, index, middle, and half of your ring finger.
Now that you are aware of your carpal tunnel, we can discuss Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by the compression of the median nerve, typically from swelling of the tendons around it.
The first symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are usually:
- Numbness and tingling of the thumb, index, and middle finger
- Pain in that area
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Anything that causes pressure on the carpal tunnel– there is no one cause.
Do you believe your workplace environment is causing you pain and have symptoms? A physical therapist can work with you to identify the reason for your symptoms and create a personalized treatment to bring relief.
What are you waiting for?
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Orange, Ca 92868
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