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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that can result from compression of the median nerve that supplies the wrist and hand. It provides the sensation from the thumb to the third finger and some of the muscles that move the fingers and thumb. As it travels to the hand it, along with nine tendons, passes through a structure in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. Carpal (wrist) bones form the sides and bottom of the narrow channel. If this channel volume is reduced it impinges on the nerve causing numbness tingling, pain and weakness.
Brace function is to immobilize the wrist to prevent motions that are causing swelling and inflammation within the carpal tunnel.