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Were you looking for information about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpel tunnel is a common misspelling of carpal tunnel syndrome.
The carpal tunnel is a confined space in your wrist. It is much like a tunnel you drive your car through, with a ceiling, floor, walls, an entrance, and an exit. The "walls" and "floor" are made up of bones. The transverse carpal ligament is the tough "ceiling" of the carpal tunnel.
In a normal wrist, there is adequate room in the carpal tunnel for both the tendons and the median nerve. But conditions can happen that can narrow the space and cause problems for the median nerve.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive condition of the hand and wrist that is caused by compression of the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand. Symptoms of the condition usually start gradually, with pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist radiating up the arm. As symptoms get worse, it may be difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform manual tasks. Carpal tunnel syndrome usually occurs in adults, and women are three times more likely to develop the condition than men.
(Click Carpal Tunnel Syndrome for more information about the condition, including additional symptoms and who is at risk for developing it. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
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