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Dr. Reid Abrams discusses carpel tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition in which the median nerve is compressed as it passes through an opening from the wrist to the hand called the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel is about 1½ inches long and is located at the base of the hand near the wrist. It is bordered on three sides by the carpal bones and on the palm side by a tight band of connective tissue called the transverse carpal ligament. The median nerve provides sensory and motor functions to the thumb and three middle fingers. While CTS can be painful, its essential symptom is numbness or tingling in the thumb, index finger, long and part of the ring finger.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), carpal tunnel release is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the U.S. Carpal tunnel syndrome is three times more common in women than men. It usually only occurs in adults.
Read Q&A with Reid Abrams, MD, from the U-T San Diego on how to know if you have carpel tunnel, what causes it and how it's treated.
Your physician will discuss your medical history to find out about any illnesses, prior injuries or repetitive activities that may be causing your symptoms. Additional diagnostic tests can include:
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