Were you looking for information about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpel tunel is a common misspelling and variation of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful illness of the hand and wrist, occurs when the median nerve is compressed. As the nerve is squeezed, less blood and nutrients flow to it, causing pain, numbness, and weakness in the fingers and thumb. As symptoms worsen, people might feel tingling during the day, and decreased grip strength may make it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform other manual tasks.
Treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome include both nonsurgical and surgical methods. Nonsurgical methods include medications, splinting, and rest. Surgery may be recommended in severe cases or if nonsurgical treatments have failed. Early diagnosis and treatment is vital to avoid permanent nerve damage.
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