Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Research Paper

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Katey Lara PSY 101 Dr. Kamilar September 21, 2015 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful condition and occurs when the median nerve becomes constrained, sending numb and tingling sensations through the arm and wrist which over time turns into sharp shooting pain. The median nerve controls sensation and runs from the forearm to the center of the hand. “The carpal tunnel- a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand – houses the median nerve and tendons”. Symptoms include but are not limited to itching, burning, numbness, fingers and thumbs feeling swollen and stiff. Contributing factors that cause carpal tunnel syndrome…show more content… Women are more susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome than men, and usually happens only in adults and in the dominant hand. Individuals who suffer with metabolic disorders are at greater risk of this syndrome a like. “Early diagnosis and treatment are important to avoid continued damage to the median nerve”. Diagnosis and treatment are handled by having a physician do a physical examination of the affected area for swelling, warmth, and tenderness. The physician can conduct various tests such as pressing or sending small electric shocks upon the median nerve, the test will be positive if a tingling sensation is recognized by the patient. Non-surgical treatment would be resting the area for up to 2 weeks, ibuprofen, and other anti-inflammatory pain relievers, stretching and strengthening exercises, and acupuncture have been known to be helpful. Carpal tunnel release surgery is available to those who experience symptoms 6 months or longer “Surgery involves cutting the band of tissue around the wrist to decrease pressure on the median nerve”.…show more content…
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