carpal tunnel syndrome
- The definition of carpal tunnel syndrome is a repetitive stress injury in the hands and wrist that causes numbness and tingling in the hand.
An example of carpal tunnel syndrome is a pinched nerve in the wrist caused by too much typing at a computer.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a repetitive stress injury.
carpal tunnel syndrome definition by Webster's New World
carpal tunnel syndrome definition by American Heritage Dictionary
carpal tunnel syndrome - Computer Definition
A disorder that causes numbness in the hand and pain in the wrist due to the compression of the median nerve, which runs down the arm to the fingers. The pain can extend all the way to the neck and be extremely severe. People may have a genetic predisposition to this malady and those who suffer with thyroid problems, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis are believed to be more susceptible. Short, Repetitive Movement Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by short, repetitive movement, such as typing, knitting, and using vibrating tools for hours on end. The lack of rest in between these motions irritates and inflames the flexor tendons that travel with the median nerve to the hand through an area in the wrist called the "carpal tunnel," which is surrounded by bones and a transverse ligament. The inflamed tendons squeeze the nerve against the ligament. The Treatments The prescription for typists may be as simple as wrist exercises and the use of a wrist rest or ergonomic glove. The more severe remedy is surgery, in which the transverse ligament is cut to relieve pressure. See RSI and medical conditions.
carpal tunnel syndrome - Cultural Definition
A repetitive stress injury to the wrist and hands often caused by typing on an ergonomically unsound keyboard. In this case, pain is thought to occur when swelling and scarring from the repetitive motion of typing compresses the nerves in the wrist. It is an example of an occupational disease.