Median Nerve Compression At Carpal Tunnel
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What Is Median Nerve Compression At Carpal Tunnel?
Median nerve compression at the carpal tunnel refers to a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in the wrist formed by bones and ligaments. The median nerve, along with several tendons, passes through this tunnel.
When the median nerve becomes compressed or squeezed at the carpal tunnel, it can lead to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. This compression can occur due to various factors such as repetitive hand movements, wrist injury, certain medical conditions (e.g., arthritis), hormonal changes, or hereditary factors.
Indication Of Median Nerve Compression At Carpal Tunnel
Symptoms of median nerve compression at the carpal tunnel include pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness in the hand and fingers. These symptoms often affect the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger. Individuals with CTS may also experience discomfort that radiates up the arm. Symptoms may be more noticeable at night or with activities that involve repetitive hand movements.
Treatments For Median Nerve Compression At Carpal Tunnel
Treatment options for median nerve compression at the carpal tunnel include non-surgical and surgical approaches. Non-surgical treatments often include wrist splinting, activity modification, pain medications, and corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation. In cases where conservative measures fail to provide relief, surgical intervention, such as carpal tunnel release surgery, may be recommended. This procedure involves cutting the ligament that forms the roof of the carpal tunnel to relieve pressure on the median nerve.
In cases where non-surgical treatments are ineffective or the symptoms are severe, carpal tunnel release surgery may be recommended. This procedure involves cutting the ligament that forms the roof of the carpal tunnel to create more space for the median nerve.
Recovery from carpal tunnel release surgery can vary, but most individuals experience improvement in symptoms over time. Physical therapy and exercises may be prescribed to regain strength, flexibility, and function in the hand and wrist.