- The area of the wrist where the wrist flexor tendons and median nerve enter your hand
- Carpal Tunnel is pressure on the median nerve. The median nerve supplies feeling and movement to the thumb-side of the hand (the palm, thumb and index, middle and thumb side of the ring fingers)
Causes and Risk Factors:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is common in people that perform repetitive motions of the hand and wrist.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs most often in people 30-60 years old and is more common in women than men.
- People that type on a keyboard and use a mouse are the most commonly affected individuals.
- Other summertime activities that aggravate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include: painting or writing, use of hand tools, especially those that vibrate like the lawn mower, grass trimmer and leaf blower. Driving, playing sports such as tennis or golf, or playing musical instruments.
- Numbness or tingling in the palm of the hand, thumb and next 2 or 3 fingers in one or both hands.
- Pain that can extend from the elbow into the wrist and hand on one or both sides.
- Problem with finger movement or coordination in one or both hands
- Muscle wasting which creates a weak grip or difficulty carrying even small objects.
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Tips provided by Garry Campbell, PT. Garry is currently practicing as a Physical Therapist in our Cicero location.
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