Posted by Bethany McDaniel on November 24, 2021 November 24, 2021 Uncategorized I chose Carpal Tunnel as my STEAM project. Carpal Tunnel (CTS) is when the median nerve gets compressed or pinched. The median nerve runs through the carpal tunnel, which is at the bottom of the carpal bones in our wrists. On the top of the wrist, there is a ligament that goes across called the transverse carpal ligament. What creates CTS is when the transverse carpal ligament, becomes stressed putting pressure and pinching the median nerve. When the median nerve is being compressed, your hand can have a tingling feeling, numbness, and pain that can travel up to your elbow. Sometimes, when the compressed nerve isn’t taken care of right away, it could create nerve damage, with the possibility of permanent nerve damage. If CTS isn’t taken care of, the muscles in our wrists will start to weaken, creating a loss of grip strength and possible muscle cramping. To fix CTS, the doctors will cut the transverse carpal ligament, releasing the tension. After the surgery, the hand is wrapped. The stitches are removed around 2 weeks. Depending on which hand the surgery took place on, the recovery time can vary from 2 weeks to 2 months.