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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Getting a Grip

By vitalhf, Apr 6 2018 02:00PM

By Kristina D. Allred, M.S.O.M., L.Ac.

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in the wrist, about an inch wide. The floor and sides of the tunnel are formed by small wrist bones called carpal bones. The roof of the tunnel is called the transverse carpal ligament. Because these boundaries are very rigid, the carpal tunnel has little capacity to "stretch" or increase in size. Inside this tunnel are the tendons of the thumb and fingers, and the median nerve. This nerve provides feeling in the thumb and fingers and controls the muscles around the base of the thumb. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs when the tunnel becomes narrowed or when tissues surrounding the tendons swell, compressing the median nerve.

Repetitive use of the hands- like typing or texting - is a common cause of local inflammation in the carpal tunnel. Another key component is systemic inflammation, which can cause swelling throughout the body. This only makes matters worse.

Many people turn to surgical intervention for help with CTS. This is an extreme, painful, costly solution that does not guarantee long term pain relief. Continue Reading...

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