The wrist has a number of small bones (‘carpal bones’) which are joined to each other and placed in a ‘U’-shaped manner. The bones at the tips of the ‘U’, so formed, are in turn connected to each other with the help of a band of fibres (‘ligament’). Therefore, a tunnel is formed just below this ligament known as the ‘carpal tunnel’. Most of the nerves that supply the hand pass through this tunnel. If, due to any reason, pressure is created in this closed space then the nerves can get compressed and cause numbness, pain, inability to move the finger(s) or thumb. Dry skin and a tingling sensation may occur. Carpal tunnel realease can be performed by an orthopaedic surgeon to treat this bone and muscle condition subsequent to an X-ray.
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