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What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 09:38 / By Omni Orthopaedics Staff

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome usually manifests as tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the fingers or hand. Some people may have pain in their arm between their hand and their elbow. Symptoms most often occur in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger. 

This can be caused by excessive pressure on the median nerve, which runs from your forearm to your hand, along with several tendons through a small passageway in the palm side of your wrist called the carpal tunnel. 

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be made worse if the wrist is overextended repeatedly. This repeated motion of your wrist contributes to swelling and compression of the median nerve. Some examples include:

  • improper positioning of your wrists while using your keyboard or mouse
  • prolonged exposure to vibrations from hand tools or power tools
  • repetative movements that overextends your wrist, such as playing the piano or typing on a keyboard

If you find you are experiencing any of these, please contact Omni Orthopaedics to have a thorough exam, to properly diagnose your sypmtoms.

Left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to weakness and lack of coordination in your fingers and thumb.

Proper treatment can relieve pressure on the nerve and, for most people, eliminate these symptoms.