Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused by compression of the median nerve as it passes through the wrist. More than 130,000* people undergo surgery each year in France to treat the condition.

Surrounded by the bones and ligaments of the wrist, the carpal tunnel is a narrow passage that protects the median nerve and the flexor nerves of the fingers. Narrowing of this tunnel compresses the median nerve, causing tingling, numbness and pain in the hand and fingers.

A number of risk factors that may promote carpal tunnel narrowing have been identified, including wrist fracture, osteoarthritis, diabetes, pregnancy, etc. But the development of carpal tunnel syndrome may also be associated with a number of other promoting factors, such as manual work activities involving repeated movements of the wrist and fingers.

If symptoms are managed early on, whenever they develop, the condition can generally be treated by acting on the promoting factors. Resting the wrist, using a splint or brace, or local injections can also help relieve symptoms. If these treatments fail or the condition shows early signs of severity, surgical treatment is possible.

*Data: ameli-sante.fr

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