Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common, painful, progressive condition that is caused by compression of the median nerve at the wrist area. Common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include numbness and tingling sensation in all the fingers except the little finger, pain and burning sensation in the hand and wrist that may radiate up the arm and elbow, and weakness in the hand with diminished grip strength.

Causes

Pressure on the median nerve can originate from swelling or anything that causes the carpal tunnel to be smaller. The following can be reasons for the swelling:

  • Pregnancy.
  • Repetitive hand or wrist movements.
  • Illnesses such as hypothyroidism, arthritis, and diabetes.

Symptoms

Symptoms usually impact the hand and sometimes the forearm, but they can spread up to the shoulder. Mild symptoms of carpal tunnel include:

  • Occasional numbness, tingling sensation, or pain in your hand
  • Occasional aching pain in your forearm between your elbow and wrist.
  • Stiffness in your fingers when you get up in the morning.

When Should You See a Doctor?

  • Tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in your fingers or hand.
  • Little to no feeling in your fingers or hand.
  • Inability to use your thumb normally or reduced thumb strength.
  • Inability to perform simple hand movements.