Hand Supports/Carpal Tunnel
The carpal tunnel is an area in the wrist where the bones and ligaments create a small passageway from the median nerve. The median nerve is responsible for both sensation and movement in the hand. When the median nerve is compressed, the hand will feel as if it has ?gone to sleep.÷ This compression of the median nerve is known as carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS. Activities, which cause an individual to repeatedly bend the wrist inward toward the forearm, such as typing or writing, can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Pregnancy, obesity, arthritis, diabetes, fractures, sprains, and dislocation also increase the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms of CTS include numbness, burning, tingling, and a prickly pin-like sensation over the palm surface of the hand, and into the fingers. Patients will use splints to treat CTS, such as the Carpal Tunnel Stretch.