Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Published: | Updated: March 21, 2019

Definition - What does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome mean?

Carpal tunnel syndrome refers to numbness or pain in the hand caused by the compression of the median nerve in the wrist. Carpal tunnel is a common occupational hazard that can be caused by making the same repeated hand movements.

Safeopedia explains Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The nerves that pass through the carpal tunnel of the wrist sometimes get compressed. Genetic and health factors can be strong contributers, but in the workplace, carpal tunnel syndrome is often attributed to the use of vibrating tools or a computer mouse. It is generally treated using a combination of anti-inflammatories, rest and an improvement in workplace ergonomics. In serious cases, surgery may be required.

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