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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The median nerve is a major nerve that allows parts of the hand to have feeling and movement. It enters the hand through a narrow channel, called the carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when excessive pressure is placed on the median nerve. This common condition can cause pain, numbness, and a tingling sensation in the hand and arm. Left untreated, it can lead to permanent nerve damage.

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De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a painful condition marked by swelling of the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist. Tendons are tough, fibrous cords that connect muscle to bone and allow the fingers and thumb to move. Tendons normally glide through a sheath when your muscles contract, allowing your fingers and thumb to bend. When the tendons become inflamed and swollen, they can’t easily move through the sheath, causing irritation and pain.

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Thumb Sprain (Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Injury of Thumb)

A sprained thumb is a common injury among athletes. This injury happens when an ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) — tough and flexible tissue that connect bones in the thumb — gets stretched too far or tears.

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