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Compression of the Median Nerve Overview

Another name for Compression of the Median Nerve is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
A person with carpal tunnel syndrome has wrist pain and hand numbness. The symptoms are caused by irritation of the median nerve, where it travels through the wrist. The carpal tunnel is formed by the bones of the wrist on one side, and a strong band of tissue on the other side. Causes of irritation and swelling of the carpal tunnel include injury and overuse.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include wrist pain, wrist stiffness, burning finger pain, and hand weakness. Other symptoms include numbness in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers.

How does the doctor treat carpal tunnel syndrome?
Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome may include rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroids, and wrist splints. Severe symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are often corrected with surgery.

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Last Updated: Dec 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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