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Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome causes symptoms in one or both hands that, more rarely, may also extend up the arm. Symptoms are caused by compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel. This nerve supplies feeling to the thumb, index, middle, and half the ring finger. It also innervates the muscles that move the thumb toward the little finger and move the index finger around in a circle.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.aaos.org/ .
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research website. Available at: http://www.mayo.edu/ .
Last reviewed September 2013 by Teresa Briedwell, DPT, OCS
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