Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive and sometimes painful joint disorder caused by a compression of the median nerve that innervates your hand. The compression can occur at the shoulder, elbow, as well as the wrist. There is often an imbalance of muscles around a joint that is causing improper motion which results in swelling, which exerts pressure on the nerves.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is probably the most common source of wrist pain. Symptoms may include soreness, numbness or tingling, or a burning sensation in all or some of the fingers and palm of the hand. Some people who develop carpel tunnel find it difficult and painful to rotate their wrist, or move their hand up or down or from side to side. Such actions as opening a door or a jar as well as gripping any item can cause symptoms to occur.

Carpal tunnel is more common among people who make the same wrist, elbow or shoulder movements over and over such as in sewing, typing at a computer, painting, and writing for example. There are also some associations with systemic disorders and carpal tunnel syndrome. Conditions like diabetes, arthritis, pregnancy, and obesity also have been linked with carpal tunnel.