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Were you looking for information about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpel tunnel syndrome is a common misspelling of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition affecting the hand and wrist. It is caused by a compression of the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand. As the nerve is squeezed at the wrist, less blood and nutrients flow to it, causing pain, numbness, and weakness in the fingers and thumb. As the disease progresses, symptoms become worse. This makes it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform manual tasks. Carpal tunnel syndrome generally occurs in adults, and women are more likely than men to develop the condition.
The recommended treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome may include either surgical or nonsurgical options. Nonsurgical treatment methods include splinting and modifying daily activities. Medications, exercise, and alternative therapies (such as acupuncture or yoga) may also be considered. The other common treatment option is surgery, which consists of two different types: open release and endoscopic surgery.
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