Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, how can I get it, and what are the symptoms?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain in the palmar side of your wrist and hand. The carpal tunnel is a small space on the front side of the wrist that is surrounded by the transverse carpal ligament and the carpal bones (wrist bones). Through this space, the muscle tendons of the arm that produce wrist flexion travel as well as the median nerve.
The median nerve is responsible for sensory innervation to the palmar side of all fingers besides the pinky control the movement of the thumb. Any swelling of these tendons, inflammation near the tunnel, or direct trauma could all compress the median nerve and cause the typical burning and weakness in the hand that is associated with this condition.
A simple special test called the Reverse Phalen’s Test can be used to quickly determine if you may have signs and symptoms consistent with carpal tunnel syndrome.
In order to perform this test:
- Position both of your wrists into extension and press your palms together.
- Maintain this position for 60 seconds and if your symptoms of numbness, tingling, or burning are reproduced then you may have carpal tunnel syndrome.
Specific stretching, strengthening, and bracing programs can help greatly reduce the conditions associated with condition!
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