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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common and troublesome condition that interferes with the use of the hand. It is caused when too much pressure is put on a nerve that runs through your wrist. A variety of anatomical abnormalities may be responsible for this vise-like pressure. Once symptoms of pain and tingling appear, the condition frequently worsens and permanent nerve damage may occur. However, carpal tunnel syndrome is highly treatable if diagnosed early.

Signs and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Pain, numbness and tingling can happen anytime, at home or at work. But most often symptoms begin by waking you up at night. Shaking or massaging the hand may work temporarily, but if ignored, carpal tunnel syndrome gets progressively worse. The pain increases, the grip weakens, and you may begin dropping things. Fortunately, appropriate treatment is available. The earlier you have a professional diagnosis and treatment, the more successful the outcome will be.

How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosed?

Accurate diagnosis is important because treatment for this condition is specific for CTS.

Common Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Phases of rehabilitation include commencement of gentle passive, then active and finally resistive exercises and ultimately a program designed to return the individual to an active and productive lifestyle. Maintenance exercises are frequently recommended to ensure an optimal outcome for active participation in activities of daily living, productive employment and may forms of recreational athletics.


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