Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common condition which results from compression of the median nerve as it runs across the wrist and into the hand. The median nerve crosses a passageway called the carpal tunnel, thereby giving this condition its name. Over time, and particularly with overuse and repetitive movements of the hand and wrist, this passageway can narrow and cause compression on the nerve.
Symptoms can vary and include numbness and tingling, weakness, and pain. Symptoms are generally felt in the first three fingers of the hand (thumb, index, and middle finger) and can worsen without proper care. Patients often describe these symptoms to be worse at nights, causing them to wake from their sleep.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be diagnosed with a Nerve Conduction Study.
Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome includes bracing, physical therapy, and steroid injections. Surgical evaluation is warranted in severe cases.