What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause tingling, numbness, aches, and weakness in the hand or wrist. These symptoms can be frustrating and uncomfortable for someone trying to go through a normal routine, especially if it’s an active one. Let’s explore the causes of carpal tunnel syndrome so you can better understand treatment options.

Understanding Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the median nerve has pressure placed on it. Your hands are full of bones and ligaments to move your highly articulated hands. However, nerves have to find their way through the hands. The carpal tunnel is actually a passageway that the median nerve travels through to connect the hand and arm nerves. However, the carpal tunnel is surrounded by ligaments and bones. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the small carpal tunnel becomes compressed and pushes against the median nerve. Let’s explore some common reasons why this happens.

Inflammatory Conditions

One of the most command reasons the carpal tunnel becomes compressed is because of inflammation. While inflammation is usually temporary, chronic inflammation can be caused by conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. This can make carpal tunnel syndrome a persistent symptom of inflammatory conditions.

Repetitive Movements

Repetitive movements involving the wrist or hands can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. This happens when pressure is applied to a bone or ligament for an extended amount of time. This causes inflammation and irritation. This inflammation then causes the carpal tunnel to pinch the median nerve. This is why carpal tunnel syndrome is often associated with long-term typing on an uncomfortable keyboard.

Being Female

Women are more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome because of their wrist biology. The carpal tunnel for women is, on average, smaller than a man’s. This increases the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome because it requires less inflammation to apply pressure to the median nerve.

Seeking Treatment

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition of the median nerve but is also a condition of inflammation, irritation, bones and ligaments. That’s why Texas Neurosurgery LLP provides carpal tunnel syndrome treatment options. Our team of doctors will walk you through the entire process and provide a comprehensive assessment of your condition. If you’re concerned about carpal tunnel syndrome, then contact Texas Neurosurgery LLP at 214-823-2052 today.

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