Carpal tunnel: The nerve of it!


Dr Mary Wyatt

An introduction to the physiology, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.

The Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the median nerve is compressed. (The median nerve runs through a tunnel in the wrist.). Th compression of the nerve results in pins and needles and numbness, and can cause weakness if the motor component of the nerve is affected.   In the picture above you can see the small tunnel through which the nerve passes. The walls of the tunnel are made up of bones and a non-elastic ligament. The tunn...

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Published 18 August, 2017 | Updated 12 September, 2017