The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway on the inside of the wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a form of nerve damage (neuropathy) that occurs when the nerve that runs through the passageway is squeezed or compressed by the surrounding tissue, causing the following:
- Tingling (pins and needles)
- Problems with fine manipulation (the ability to grasp small or delicate objects)
Symptoms can range from mild to severe. They may last for years at a time or go away and then come back. If carpal tunnel symptoms are affecting your ability to work or enjoy life, experts at Rush can help.
Carpal tunnel syndrome: what you should know
- Numbness, not pain, is the main symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome.
- The strange sensations and pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome can affect your palm and all fingers except for the pinky.
- Most cases of carpal tunnel syndrome have no identifiable cause. But the condition is seen in association with the following:
How can I find out if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?
Talk to your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:
- Numbness and tingling (pins and needles) in one or both of your hands
- Strange sensations and pain in your palm and all fingers except for your pinky (the smallest finger)
Trouble grasping small or delicate things with your fingers