Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be treated with PEA, before one decides to operate. In a clinical trial PEA reduced CTS symptoms and pain. No side effects were observed.
CTS is caused by compression of the median nerve as it travels across the wrist with the tendons between the carpal bones and the flexor retinaculum (also know as the transverse carpal ligament):
Compression an injury to the median nerve causes numbness and tingling mostly affecting the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger.
More severe cases also cause weakness and wasting of the muscle at the base of the thumb that abducts the thumb away from the fingers (abductor pollicis brevis or APB):
In severe cases, the numbness can seem to affect the whole hand, and can even radiate up the forearm and arm:
Symptoms are often worse typing, driving, and frequently wake the affected patient up at night:
CTS can usually be diagnosed on clinical grounds. …
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