What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
At the underside of the wrist and the base of the palm there is an enclosed region called the carpal tunnel. This region contains nine flexor tendons that flex the fingers and the thumb. Each tendon is enveloped by a sheath that allows the tendons to glide easy when moving. Whenever our fingers move there is activity within the carpal tunnel, and the flexor tendons travel back and forth within their sheaths. The median nerve -- sending messages to the hand -- also travels the length of the carpal tunnel.
With repetitive hand and finger movement, the tendon sheaths become irritated and swollen, which either pinches or compresses the median nerve, squeezing off its blood supply. This causes tingling, numbness in your thumb, index and middle finger, and on one side of the ring finger, and ultimately excruciating pain, developing into Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).
Suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?