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What is Carpal Tunnel and Can You Fix it Without Surgery?

Kimberly Love

Carpal tunnel syndrome is typically categorized by numbness, weakness or tingling in the hands. These pesky symptoms are caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. The median nerve, as well as a few tendons, run through a small space on the palm side of the wrist called the carpal tunnel. This nerve is what controls the movement and the feeling in your thumb and first three fingers. When the median nerve is compressed, it causes the carpal tunnel to narrow which results in carpal tunnel syndrome. There are a variety of reasons this can happen, such as poor work positions, the anatomy of the wrist and/or underlying health concerns. Fortunately, there is treatment that usually causes the tingling, numbness and weakness to abate. If concerned, seek treatment sooner rather than later to prevent permanent nerve and muscle damage from occurring.

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