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Were you looking for information on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpal tunnal syndrome is a common misspelling of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive disorder affecting the hand and wrist. It results from compression of the median nerve. As a result, less blood and nutrients flow to the nerve, causing pain, numbness, and weakness in the fingers and thumb. This common condition is thought to affect about 4 out of every 100 people in the United States.
While anyone can develop the condition, it is especially common in those performing assembly line work -- manufacturing; sewing; finishing; cleaning; and meat, poultry, or fish packing. In fact, the condition is three times more common among assemblers than among data-entry personnel.
Most people start with non-surgical treatment options first. These include rest, medications, splinting the wrist, and physical therapy. If these options aren't enough, surgery may be recommended.
(Click Carpal Tunnel Syndrome to learn more. This article further describes the causes and symptoms of this condition and also gives statistics on who it is most likely to affect. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)
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