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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.
When someone has been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, nonsurgical treatment options are usually tried first. These include rest, medications, splinting the wrist, and physical therapy. If these options aren't enough, surgery may be recommended, especially if symptoms have lasted more than six months.
Carpal tunnel surgery is a procedure used to improve symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Also called carpal tunnel release, this procedure involves cutting the tissue around the wrist to help relieve pressure on the median nerve. After undergoing this surgery, most people have successful results that include substantial pain relief and prevention of further damage. Recurrence of the condition following surgery is rare.
(Click Carpal Tunnel Surgery for more information, including possible complications and how to prepare for the procedure. This article also talks in more detail about carpal tunnel syndrome.)
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