What You May Not Know About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome What You May Not Know About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Do you have a tingling sensation in your hands and wrists?  Do they become numb or painful?  You might find yourself wondering if you have joined the ranks plagued by a common complaint of our day: carpal tunnel syndrome.

Did you know that carpal tunnel syndrome is not the only problem that can cause the symptoms you are suffering with?  In fact, quite often what is diagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome actually has nothing to do with a wrist issue at all.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a result of the Median nerve becoming pinched within the carpal tunnel of the wrist.  This tunnel is composed of several bones within the wrist (called carpals) and a ligament that connects these bones.  The Median nerve travels through the canal or tunnel that is formed by this collection of ligament and bone.  When the nerve becomes compressed within this tunnel, an individual is suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.

As we already stated, carpal tunnel syndrome is not the only cause for pain, numbness or tingling in the hands and wrists.  These symptoms are typically caused by a compression of the Median nerve.  While Carpal tunnel syndrome is a compression of the Median nerve, it is not the only possible compression of it.

The Median nerve begins near your brain and travels to your hands.  There are actually eight places along this route that the Median nerve could potentially become compressed.  So, if your doctor diagnosis you with carpal tunnel syndrome without properly examining your neck and any other potential compression locations, you might want to consider getting a second opinion.

If the diagnosis is wrong, the treatment will be wrong.  Incorrect treatment will not result in a permanent relieving of symptoms.  And nothing is more frustrating than enduring the pain and recovery time from surgery, only to have the pain return soon after.


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