Good Moves August 2003 Issue

Wristy Business: Carpal Tunnel Turmoil

Carpal tunnel syndrome can usually be remedied by splinting and medication. For more severe cases, surgery is often best.

If your fingers suddenly turn numb and tingly, you could be feeling more than a hand that’s fallen asleep. You could be experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome, in which pressure on a nerve in your wrist causes numbness and muscle weakness.

The carpal tunnel is by nature an anatomically crowded location—a narrow channel on the underside of the wrist with bones on three sides and a ligament on the other. Nine tendons and a single nerve, called…

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