What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a compression of the median nerve that runs through the wrist. Understand the symptoms and causes in this free video from a professional physical therapist explaining carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Hi, I'm Tara Pollak, physical therapist at Evolution Physical Therapy here to tell you what is carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a compression of the median nerve that runs through the wrist right at the crease of the wrist on the front part of the wrist. Usually, carpal tunnel syndrome happens because of repetitive strain injury like using the computer or the mouse too much. Or even repetitively playing a musical instrument. The symptoms that you might feel from carpal tunnel syndrome are usually numbness and tingling into the hand. Usually in the thumb, the index and the middle finger, but it could be throughout the whole hand. You also might experience some wasting away of the muscles in the palm of your hand which can cause weakness. You can also experience pain in your hand with carpal tunnel syndrome and if the condition gets worse you can also experience pain in your forearm and even up through your elbow. If you are having any pain, any symptoms from carpal tunnel syndrome, you should always consult a physical therapist so that they can help you with your condition.

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