Carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition caused by increased pressure on the median nerve at the wrist, can be painful and prevent you from having the ability to use your hands properly.
What are the symptoms?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is most often caused by the compression of the median nerve, which extends from the forearm through the carpal tunnel and into the wrist. The median nerve registers sensation throughout much of the hand, and it relays the signals that allow motor function at the base of the thumb. Several circumstances can lead to this nerve compression, including a wrist injury, rheumatoid arthritis, and repetitive stress.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Tingling throughout the hands and fingers
- Numbness in the hands and fingers
- Stiffness of the fingers
- A weakened grip