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Posted on 02-29-2016
Ann Arbor chiropractor Mike Tannenbaum, D.C. with another blog post: Carpel Tunnel Syndrome Or Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is caused by the pinching or compression of the median nerve in the wrist where the wrist bones (carpel bones) reside at a point called the carpel tunnel. The median nerve innervates the palm of the hand and the first three fingers. When the median nerve is pinched at the carpel tunnel it can cause hand and finger pain and numbness. The issue here is that these symptoms can be caused by a variety of other things, but instead are often misdiagnosed as carpel tunnel syndrome. Pain or tingling and numbness in hands or fingers do not necessarily indicate compression of the median nerve in the carpel tunnel area (carpel tunnel syndrome). Instead, nerve compression elsewhere might cause these symptoms. These symptoms could come from, for example, compression of nerves in the neck or sometimes from muscle adhesions in the arm that the median nerve runs through.
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