Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Applies to: Elbow/Hand/Wrist

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the hand and arm, causing pain, numbness, tingling, and burning, and eventually weakness in the index, middle, and lower half of the ring fingers (the areas that are innervated by the median nerve). The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway that protects the main nerve to your hand and the nine tendons that bend your fingers. 

Damage or overuse of wrists, hands, or fingers can apply pressure to the median nerve that runs through the carpal tunnel.

Because carpal tunnel syndrome can also indicate serious diseases and conditions, talk to a specialist immediately if your fingers are numb or painful.

Some conditions that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Obesity
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Tumors
  • Trauma