Carpal tunnel syndrome belongs to a group of peripheral nerve disorders known as entrapment neuropathy. Chronic compression of these nerves leads to pain and loss of motor and sensory function of the affected body part.
Carpal tunnel affects 2-3% of adults, making it the most prevalent form of entrapment neuropathy. It is caused by the compression of the median nerve, which passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. The median nerve supplies the forearm and the hand and is responsible for sensation and major hand movements. When this nerve is pinched, it can lead to numbness, pain, and weakness.
This condition can have a negative impact on the overall health and productivity of patients. Aside from limited hand movements, a study has also revealed that patients with carpal tunnel syndrome have poorer sleep quality. They also lack 2.5 hours of sleep compared to what is recommended.
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