Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common wrist injury. It occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (although not the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move. The carpal tunnel – a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand houses the median nerve and tendons. Sometimes, swelling from irritated tendons or other causes the median nerve to be compressed. The result may be pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, radiating up the arm. Although painful sensations may indicate other conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common and widely known of the entrapment neuropathies in which the body’s peripheral nerves are compressed or traumatized. Carpal tunnel syndrome is often the result of trauma or injury to the wrist that cause swelling, such as sprain or fracture, rheumatoid arthritis, repetitive motion or fluid retention during pregnancy. Keeping the wrist in a rested neutral position especially while sleeping can assist in the recovery of this condition. There are many types, sizes and styles of wrist braces that will assist in treating carpal tunnel syndrome. It is important that you be assessed by a professional who takes all aspects of your health, life style and body type into consideration. Most insurance companies cover bracing products if prescribed by a medical professional.
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