The Carpal Tunnel is composed of a narrow passage that begins on the palm side of the wrist and extends up the arm. This tunnel serves to protect the main nerve to the hand and the nine tendons that allow for the bending of the fingers. When this nerve becomes compressed the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may arise.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that affects the hand or arm condition and becomes progressively more painful. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by a nerve impingement in the wrist.
Several factors can contribute to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, however one of the most noted factors is chronic use and strain of the wrist. Musicians, laborers and those whose jobs require the use of a keyboard for typing have a higher incidence of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome often begins with a dull ache in the wrist that extends into the hand or forearm. As the condition progresses the symptoms become more severe.
Signs and symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may include:
- Tingling or numbness in all fingers except the pinky finger
- Aching of the hand
- Aching of the wrist
- Pain that radiates from the hand into the arm
- Weakness in the hands or fingers