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Carpal tunnel syndrome

What is it?

The carpal (kar-pull) tunnel is a small area in the wrist. Tissue, like blood vessels and the median nerve, pass through the carpal tunnel from the arm into the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the ligaments that make up the carpal tunnel become swollen and irritated. This causes painful pressure on the median nerve.

How did I get carpal tunnel syndrome? Moving your wrist in the same way over and over can cause swelling in the tunnel. This swelling puts pressure on the median nerve and causes carpal tunnel syndrome. A wrist injury, arthritis, diabetes (di-uh-b-tees), or pregnancy can also put pressure on the median nerve.

Signs and Symptoms:

You may have one or more of the following symptoms if you have carpal tunnel syndrome.

Medical Care:

Herbs and Supplements:

Before taking any herbs or supplements, ask your caregiver if it is OK. Talk to your caregiver about how much you should take. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the label. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to. The herbs and supplements listed may or may not help treat your condition.


Complementary Therapies:

Other ways of treating your symptoms : Other ways to treat your symptoms are available to you.

Talk to your caregiver if:

Care Agreement:

You have the right to help plan your care. To help with this plan, you must learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. You can then discuss treatment options with your caregivers. Work with them to decide what care may be used to treat you. You always have the right to refuse treatment.


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Last Updated: 9/15/2016

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