Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Underlying Cause

The median nerve passes through the carpal tunnel. This nerve provides sensation to the hand and controls muscles in the hand. When the carpal tunnel becomes swollen, the median nerve becomes irritated, resulting in pain, numbness and weakness in the hand.

Causes of irritation and swelling of the carpal tunnel include:

  • Injury
  • Overuse

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Last Updated: Apr 10, 2007 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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