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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Information And Treatment

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects wrist, hand and fingers. It occurs when excess pressure is placed on the median nerve, which enters the hand through the "carpal tunnel" and delivers feeling and movement to the area of the hand closest to the thumb. Carpal tunnel syndrome can produce symptoms such as numbness, tingling, weakness or muscle damage.

A common result of repetitive motions in the hand and wrist (such as typing or playing a musical instrument), carpel tunnel syndrome is often experienced between the ages of 30 and 60. Women are more susceptible to carpel tunnel syndrome than men.

Possible solutions for carpel tunnel syndrome include specialized wrist splints, hot and cold compresses, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and, in severe cases, surgery. Complementary and alternative treatments have also proven to be effective. One randomized study published in The Clinical Journal of Pain, for example, concluded that short-term acupuncture treatment could be an effective short-term solution for mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome.