Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the hands, wrists, and arms. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway that protects the main nerve (the median nerve) in the hand, and nine tendons that bend fingers. This syndrome usually develops when the median nerve in the wrist becomes "pinched" or compressed.
Carpal Tunnel Causes
Lifestyle choices or patterns of hand use are considered common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome. Other causes may include a wrist fracture or rheumatoid arthritis.
Carpal Tunnel Symptoms
Symptoms of carpel tunnel syndrome may include tingling or numbness in the fingers and hand, numbness that travels up the arm, weakness in your hands, difficulty gripping or holding small objects like a pen or cup, or dull, throbbing pain.
Carpal Tunnel Treatments
Treatment for carpel tunnel syndrome may include avoiding activities that may worsen symptoms, rest, ice, and compression. Wrist splinting and joint injections have also been considered effective treatment options.