Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – What Nerve?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a disease that is very painful and the hand is the area that is affected. It is the compression of the median nerve that is found within the wrist.

The one that connects the central nervous system which is the brain and spinal cord with the various regions of the body (aka receptor organs) is called nerve. The transmission of impulses from the brain and spinal cord to the receptor organs and also the other way around is the nerve.

The nerve that is supplying the arm and some part of the shoulder is the brachial plexus which is a network of nerves that branches from the spinal nerve. The median nerve is one of the main nerves branching from the brachial plexus.

The branches of the median nerve are anterior interosseous nerve of forearm, palmar digital nerves, muscular and palmar branches, and lastly is the communicating branch with the ulnar nerve. When the median nerve gets compressed as it passes through the canal within the wrist, carpal tunnel pain occurs.

A canal that is a tiny passageway is called the carpal tunnel and the median nerve and the nine flexor muscles passes through here. Compression of the median nerve can occur when any one of the flexor tendons becomes inflamed which results in the narrowing of the tunnel.

The skin on front of lateral part of the hand, most of flexor muscles of front of forearm, most of short muscles of thumb and elbow, joint, and many joints of hand are ultimately supplied by this nerve. The nerve functions as the general sensory.

What really does happen in the case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome when the median nerve gets compressed in the wrist? The transmission of the impulses from the sensory nerve fibers will be interrupted when the nerve has been compressed. Tingling is often present with the numbness.

The intense numbness of the affected hand commonly happens at night, so it will make you wake up at night. This very bad hand numbness is called the carpal tunnel pain.  During sleeping time at night, people tend to bend their wrist and this is why the nerve gets more compressed. You should wear brace on your wrist when you sleep.

You might be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome if the numbness and tingling sensation do not subside. You have to seek a doctor’s advice about this condition.

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