Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand through a narrow passage in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. This condition occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed due to swelling or inflammation, leading to symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness in the hand and wrist.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by a variety of factors, including repetitive hand and wrist movements, injury or trauma to the wrist, and conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid disorders. Women are also more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome than men.
Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome depends on the severity of the symptoms and may include physical therapy, splinting, medications, and in severe cases, surgery. It is important to work closely with the experts at Austin Neurosurgeons to determine the best course of treatment and to prevent the progression of the condition. In many cases, early intervention can help alleviate symptoms and improve overall health outcomes.