|Doctors answers to viewer questions | vol. #2|
Causes Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Dr. William Shiel, Chief Medical Editor of Medicinenet.com, discusses Causes Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The following is a partial transcript taken from this audio broadcast. A MedicineNet viewer asks: Dr. Shiel, can carpal tunnel syndrome be caused from typing on my keyboard all day? Well, the answer to that would be 'yes'. Carpal tunnel syndrome is an irritation of a nerve that passes through the wrist...
Listen to the entire audio segment of Checking Your Pulse on Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in this edition of / Doctors on Health /.
The tight space between this fibrous band and the wrist bone is called the carpal tunnel. The median nerve passes through the carpal tunnel to receive sensations from the thumb, index, and middle fingers of the hand.
Any condition that causes swelling or a change in position of the tissue within the carpal tunnel can squeeze and irritate the median nerve. Irritation of the median nerve in this manner causes tingling and numbness of the thumb, index, and the middle fingers, a condition known as 'carpal tunnel syndrome."