Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a medical condition that affects the hand and arm. It occurs when the median nerve, one of the major nerves that run from the forearm to the palm, becomes compressed at the wrist. Our patients in our Miami pain clinic often suffer from numbness and pain in the affected hand.
Carpal tunnel syndrome in a nutshell
The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in your wrist. It is made up of bones and ligaments that contains tendons and the median nerve.
The median nerve is responsible for the sensations you feel on your thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers. It also controls some of the muscles at the base of the thumb. When the lining of the tendons in the carpal tunnel becomes irritated and swollen, this results in narrowing of the tunnel and compression of the median nerve.
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