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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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)
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

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.
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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] .
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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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
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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.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Carpal tunnel

A passageway in the wrist, created by the bones and ligaments of the wrist, through which the median nerve passes.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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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"Although the injury healed well, the legacy of previous problems with the same leg resulted in a chronic carpal canal condition affecting the tendons and the knee.
Typically, even with a properly performed carpal tunnel injection, the patient may experience transient worsening of symptoms secondary to the increased volume and pressure in the carpal canal. When a direct intraneural injection injury occurs, there is an immediate increase in pain and parenthesias and exacerbation of the patient's symptoms beyond 48 hours after the injection.[6-8] These symptoms may result from direct trauma to the nerve from the needle, increased pressure on the nerve from steroid substance within the epineurium, or both.
An increase in the volume of the contents of the carpal canal or decrease in the space of the canal" (p.
The median nerve is most commonly affected because of its close proximity to the fracture and its confinement within the carpal canal. As reported in Kozin and Wood, (9) anatomical studies have shown that the median nerve lies within 2 to 3 mm from distal fracture fragments.