Carpal tunnel refers to a narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist that protects several vital structures such as the median nerve, tendons, and blood vessels. The repetitive hand motions like typing, health problems ( hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, and diabetes), and sports injuries can contribute to compression of median nerve passing through this passageway and leads to a condition known as “carpal tunnel syndrome“.
Women are 3 times more likely to have carpal tunnel syndrome than men and are usually diagnosed at the ages of 30- 60. Lifestyle habits may increase the risk for carpal tunnel syndrome including; smoking, high salt intake, high body mass index (BMI), and more.
Inflammation can cause swelling which sometimes can interfere with blood flow.
Doctors can diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome using your medical history and physical examination of your hand, wrist, shoulder and neck. Tests such as X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI, and CT scans may identify predisposing factors.
There are variety of treatments options and techniques that can help cure carpal tunnel.