Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms
What is the carpal tunnel?
There are 8 small bones called carpal bones within the wrist. A ligament (also referred to as retinaculum) lies throughout the the front of the wrist. Between this ligament and the carpal bones is a area called the carpal tunnel. The tendons that attach the forearm muscle groups to the fingers skip through the carpal tunnel. A primary nerve to the hand (median nerve) also goes thru this tunnel earlier than dividing into smaller branches in the palm.
The median nerve offers feeling to the thumb, index and middle fingers, and half of of the ring finger. It additionally controls the movement of the small muscle groups at the base of the thumb.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
This syndrome is a set of signs notion to be resulting from squashing (compression) of the median nerve inside the carpal tunnel. In phrases of age, carpal tunnel syndrome is extra commonplace in:
People of their overdue 50s, specially girls.
People in their overdue 70s, when males and females are equally affected.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is greater not unusual in folks who are obese and it often runs in households. It is extra not unusual in women who are pregnant.