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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by the compression of the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel (in the underside of the wrist when in playing position). There are various reasons why this might happen (for instance, inflammation of the tendons or tendon sheath within the confined space of the carpal tunnel can lead to compression of the nerve). As the median nerve supplies the muscles of the thumb, the second and third finger and part of the fourth, and provides sensation in those digits, CTS can result in numbness or weakness in the thumb side of the hand.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is also linked to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. The median nerve stems from the neck and can also get compressed in the thoracic outlet between the collarbone and the top rib, producing similar symptoms.

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