|carpal tunnel syndrome
|Pronunciation:||kar-pul tuh-nul sin-drum|
|Definition :||a painful and disabling disorder characterized by inflammation and swelling in the tendons that run through the narrow carpal tunnel in the wrist|
It can be caused by repetitive motion (knitting, mousing, hammering). There may also be a genetic link.|
The nerve that runs in the carpal tunnel becomes swollen and results in numbness, tingling, and pain in the base of the thumb and the first three fingers all the way up the arm.
With early diagnoses and treatment, carpal tunnel syndrome is treatable. A properly designed work station and rest between repetitive tasks can reduce the chance of having the disorder.