The wrist is surrounded by a band of fibrous tissue, which normally
functions as a support for the joint. The tight space between this
fibrous band and the wrist bone is called the carpal tunnel (The Stay
Well Company, 1999). The median nerve passes through the carpal tunnel
to receive sensations from the thumb, index, and middle fingers of the
hand. Any condition that causes swelling or a change in position of
the tissue within the carpal tunnel can squeeze and irritate the
median nerve, which causes tingling and numbness of the thumb, index,
and the middle fingers, a condition known as "carpal tunnel syndrome"
(Nidus Information Systems, 2001). All people can be affected by CTS,
but it is most common among women between the ages of 29 and 62.
Though medical awareness of CTS as a widespread and treatable
condition is only a recent phenomenon, current treatments are mostly
effective in relieving symptoms (The Hand Center, 2004). In this
essay, one will find detail about the causes of CTS.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome –4-
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is an inflammatory disease of the median nerve
in the carpal tunnel. If left untreated it can result in serious nerve
Carpal tunnel syndrome is related to many repetitive type movements
that cause a pinching in the median nerve of the wrist. Doctors have
introduced surgery that releases the tension on this nerve with an
endoscopic procedure that was introduced fifty years after carpal
tunnel was introduced. The basic anatomy of the wrist is analyzed to
help gain a better understanding of where this disease is taking
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