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Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a protective narrow passageway at the base of the wrist which houses the flexor tendons of the fingers and the median nerve as they pass through into the hand. A constriction of this tunnel puts pressure on the median nerve resulting in burning pain with numbness or paresthesia in the distribution of this nerve.
Typical symptoms include tingling, numbness and pain in the thumb, index, middle and radial side of the ring finger. These sensations are often more pronounced at night and may wake patients from their sleep. Strength may be decreased in the hand as well.
Rest: The patient should rest the wrist by decreasing or modifying aggravating activities
Ice: Apply a cold compress, wrapped in a towel or in a Trainers Choice wrap, to the injured area for 15 minutes per hour, a minimum of 3 times/day.
Elevate: The wrist should be placed in an elevated position to minimize swelling