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Were you looking for information on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpal tunnel symdrome is a common misspelling of carpal tunnel syndrome.
 
Carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful condition affecting the hand and wrist, is caused by compression of the median nerve. As the condition progresses and the median nerve continues to be squeezed, less blood and nutrients flow to it. This often results in weakness, pain, and numbness in the fingers and thumb.
 
The condition usually occurs only in adults, and women are three times more likely than men to develop it. Among the many risk factors for the condition are obesity, trauma to the wrist, and certain medical conditions (such as lupus).
 
Relieving the pressure on the median nerve is the goal of all treatment options. In some cases, surgery may be necessary. Non-surgical treatment options include medication, rest, exercises, and activity modifications.
  
(For more information, click Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This article highlights several important facts about this condition and who is most at risk for developing it. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)
 
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