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The carpal tunnel is the passageway in the wrist, made up of the arching carpal bones and the ligament connecting the pillars of the arch (the transverse carpal ligament).

When chronic irritation occurs around the median nerve, it becomes constricted and pushes against the ligament above it. The nerve may be continually constricted and pressed to the point of deterioration. This results in a slowing of nerve impulses, which may cause a loss of feeling in the fingers. It could also cause a loss of strength and coordination at the base of the thumb. If the condition is left untreated, it could result in permanent deterioration of muscle tissue. People with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, or other metabolic conditions (such as thyroid disease) may be more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome because of their previous problem. These conditions affect the nerves directly, making them more vulnerable to compression and previously mentioned symptoms. If needed, an electromyogram can be taken to document the extent of nerve damage. An electromyogram is a test that measures the electrical activity in nerves and muscles. Nerve conduction studies measure the ability of specific nerves to transmit electrical impulses or messages, so they will not come out positive until there is significant nerve damage. However, the severity of a patient’s symptoms often does not correlate with the findings of a nerve conduction study.

Is it possible to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome?

To help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, you could sleep with your wrists straight or use a splint. You could also keeping your wrists straight when using tools, without using splints. Try to avoid Flexing and extending your wrists repeatedly.

To prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, perform conditioning and stretching exercises. You must learn how to cope with arthritis because there is a significant connection between those two conditions. Get support and find resources for people with carpal tunnel syndrome. View the full table of contents for the arthritis guide, because it might provide valuable info about your condition.