Carpal tunnel syndrome

Physiquality: A PTPN Companywith advice from Susan Cupples, OTR/L, CHT, LAc

Carpal tunnel syndrome: It’s something we’ve all heard about, but do you know what it really is and what to do about it?

The carpal tunnel connects the underside of the wrist to the palm. It consists of several tendons and muscles, the median nerve, and a thick ligament which covers the entire area. When any of these tendons get irritated and swell, they place pressure on the median nerve, causing the pain known as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can present in a variety of ways, says Susan Cupples, an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist, who is the owner of El Cerrito and Oakland Hand Therapy and Acupuncture, a PTPN member in Northern California. To learn more about the signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, read the full entry at!