carpal tunnel

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tunnel

 [tun´el]
a passageway of varying length through a solid body, completely enclosed except for the open ends, permitting entrance and exit.
carpal tunnel the osseofibrous passage for the median nerve and the flexor tendons, formed by the flexor retinaculum and the carpal bones; see also carpal tunnel syndrome.
flexor tunnel carpal tunnel.
tarsal tunnel the osseofibrous passage for the posterior tibial vessels, tibial nerve, and flexor tendons, formed by the flexor retinaculum and the tarsal bones; see also tarsal tunnel syndrome.

car·pal tun·nel

[TA]
the passageway deep to the transverse carpal ligament between tubercles of the scaphoid and trapezoid bones on the radial side and the pisiform and hook of the hamate on the ulnar side, through which the median nerve and the flexor tendons of the fingers and thumb pass; compression of the median nerve may occur here (carpal tunnel syndrome).
Synonym(s): canalis carpi [TA], carpal canal (1)

carpal tunnel

n.
A passageway in the wrist through which nerves and the long tendons of the flexor muscles of the wrist and fingers pass.

carpal tunnel

Etymology: Gk, karpos + Fr, tonnel
a tunnel formed by the carpal bones and the flexor retinaculum through which pass the median nerve and the tendons of the flexor digitorum profundus, the flexor digitorum superificialis, and the flexor pollicis longus.

car·pal tun·nel

(kahr'păl tŭn'ĕl) [TA]
The passageway deep to the transverse carpal ligament between tubercles of the scaphoid and trapezoid bones on the radial side and the pisiform and hook of the hamate on the ulnar side, through which the median nerve and the flexor tendons of the fingers and thumb pass.
Synonym(s): canalis carpi [TA] .
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CARPAL TUNNEL

carpal tunnel

The canal in the wrist bounded by osteofibrous material through which the flexor tendons and the median nerve pass. Synonym: flexor tunnel See: illustration
See also: tunnel

carpal tunnel

A restricted space on the front of the wrist, bounded by ligaments, through which pass the tendons which flex the fingers and wrist and one of the two sensory nerves to the hand, the median nerve.

Carpal tunnel

A passageway in the wrist, created by the bones and ligaments of the wrist, through which the median nerve passes.

carpal tunnel

space deep to flexor surface of the wrist, through which median nerve and flexor tendons pass

carpal

pertaining to the carpus.

carpal bones
are located between the radius and ulna and metacarpals. Typically, there are six to eight bones, depending on the animal species, arranged in two rows and numbered from medial to lateral. See Table 10.
carpal canal syndrome
see carpal tunnel syndrome (below).
carpal flexion posture
at parturition the fetus is presented with the carpal joints flexed, thus increasing the diameter of initial parts entering the pelvic canal, resulting in dystocia in some patients.
carpal fracture
carpal instability/flexion syndrome
seen in young puppies, particularly Doberman pinschers and Shar peis; the carpi remain slightly flexed when standing and the paws are deviated inwards.
carpal organ
a group of vibrissae located on the posterior aspect of the forelimbs of cats, sensitive to touch. See also tactile hair organ.
carpal pad
see footpad.
carpal sheath
common synovial sheath in the forelimb of the horse, shared by the superficial and deep flexor tendons as they pass through the carpal canal.
carpal tunnel
the osseofibrous passage for the flexor tendons and median nerve, formed by the flexor retinaculum and the carpal bones.
carpal tunnel syndrome
a complex of signs resulting from compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel. In horses there is lameness with pain on extreme carpal flexion. There are no lesions on the anterior carpal bones.

tunnel

a passageway of varying length through a solid body, completely enclosed except for the open ends, permitting entrance and exit.

carpal tunnel
see carpal tunnel, carpal tunnel syndrome.
tunnel of Corti
spiral passage in the organ of Corti.
tunnel graft
see rope flap.
tarsal tunnel
see tarsal tunnel.

Patient discussion about carpal tunnel

Q. I'm looking for natural/organic ways to deal with carpal tunnel syndrome. My Boss has Carpal Tunnel syndrome. I'm looking for some natural remedies to help her ease the pain.

A. I have found that MSM (GNC brand) 1500mg per day works for me. I talked to an Orthopedic Surgeon asking him why it works... he said "they really don't know why it works, but it works for many of my patients". When I stop taking my MSM the symptoms return so it is not a cure.

I have tried other brands of MSM and found the GNC brand works the best for me. It takes about 2 weeks to begin to see the results and several more weeks to get the full affect.

Q. what can i do to help my capentunnel without surgery?

A. a good friend of mine is a bike racer and did the surgery- it's not a bad solution as it seems...but you can try and put on a splint to stabilize the wrist. The splint is worn at night for several weeks. If this does not help, you may need to wear the splint during the day. Hot and cold compresses may also be recommended.

There are many ergonomic devices that can be used in the workplace to reduce the stress placed on the wrist. These include special keyboards, cushioned mouse pads, and keyboard drawers. Make sure the keyboard is low enough so that the wrists aren't bent upward during typing. You may also need to make changes in your work duties or recreational activities.

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