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carpal

 [kahr´p'l]
pertaining to the carpus, or wrist.
carpal tunnel syndrome a symptom complex resulting from compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel, with pain and burning or tingling paresthesias in the fingers and hand, sometimes extending to the elbow. The disorder is found most often in middle-aged women. Excessive wrist movements, arthritis, hypertrophy of the bone and connective tissue in acromegaly, and swelling of the wrist can produce the carpal tunnel syndrome. Treatment is usually conservative and consists of splinting the wrist to immobilize it for several weeks until the irritation of the median nerve has healed. In severe cases surgical resection of the carpal ligament is helpful.
 Carpal tunnel syndrome. Entrapment of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel space. From Frazier et al., 2000.
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

(kar'păl),
Relating to the carpus.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

carpal

(kär′pəl)
adj.
Of, relating to, or near the carpus.
n.
A bone of the carpus.
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car·pal

(kahr'păl)
Relating to the carpus.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

carpal

Pertaining to the wrist or wrist bones (carpals).
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
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Fig. 94 Carpal . The human wrist and hand.

carpal

any bone present in amphibia, reptiles, birds and mammals in the part of the forelimb attached to the radius and ulna. Carpals articulate distally (see DISTAL with the METACARPALS. There are eight carpals in the human wrist.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

car·pal

(kahr'păl)
Relating to the carpus.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about carpal

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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