What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Carpal tunnel syndrome appears when there is excessive pressure on the median nerveas it passes through the carpal tunnel wrist level, which causes numbness or pain. The most common cause for its appearance is related to the development of tasks that require repetitive hand movements, as well as age and other diseases. It is more common in women than in men and usually appears between 40 and 60 years of age.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome explaind in first person

Professionals and patients explain how you live with the disease
The most important is to maintain the wrist in a neutral position, that is to say, neither flexed nor extended. For example, to type on the computer, something very typical, the use of a cushion will help to maintain the wrist in the neutral position.
The quicker you get the surgery, the better, because success is guaranteed and you’ll be very grateful for it. All the discomfort you’re suffering now will disappear.

Carpal Tunnel syndrome is the compression of the median nerve in the wrist as it passes through the carpal tunnel. The entrapment of the nerve can lead to it being damaged over time.

How many people are affected by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel syndrome is the most common nerve compression and usually occurs between the ages of 40 and 60 years. In Europe, it affects between 1% and 7% of the population, with a higher incidence in women. It can affect the two hands (bilateral), although the dominant hand is usually the most affected.

It is the most common occupational disease due to overuse, and in Spain it is included in 4 specific Occupational Health surveillance protocols: the manual handling of loads, repetitive movements, forced postures, and neuropathies.

Substantiated information by:

Joaquim Forés
Miriam Morató Dalmau
Núria Millán Villanueva
Raquel Vilarrasa Sauquet

Published: 17 July 2018
Updated: 17 July 2018

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