Carpal tunnel syndrome - Golf Injuries

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

The carpal tunnel runs from the base of the wrist to the lower region of the palm of the hand; nerves and muscles occupy this space and are responsible for the delivery of sensory messages to and from the brain and subsequent movements. The median nerve is the primary nerve in this passage; this nerve delivers sensory messages to the brain and coordinates movement of the fingers based on messages from the brain. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the space inside the tunnel becomes restricted and the medial nerve becomes suppressed.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome

Common symptoms include numbness and tingling sensations in the index and middle fingers and the thumb; a person with this condition may also experience pain; these symptoms are due to pressure being applied to the median nerve. In some cases, movements may be restricted; some people find it particularly hard to grasp objects for a long period of time, for example.

Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome

Most cases will not require treatment and symptoms will pass over the course of time if the area is rested. Doctors also recommend ice or cold therapy and anti-inflammatory medication. More serious cases can also be treated with steroid injections and surgery, though this is rare. Wearing a wrist splint will help to support the wrist and reduce pressure on the median nerve.

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