What is Carpal Tunnel?
Carpal tunnel syndrome, also referred to as simply "carpal tunnel," is a type of nerve pressure.
To understand carpal tunnel syndrome, it's essential to understand what the carpal tunnel is. The carpal tunnel goes from the wrist to the end of the hand. The median nerve controls feeling and movement in the hand. When pressure develops in the median nerve, the carpal tunnel is narrowed, causing swelling.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms
Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Wrist pain
- A burning sensation felt in the palm of the hand and fingers
- A tingling sensation felt in the palm of the hand and fingers
- Numbness in the palm of the hand and fingers, particularly during the night time
Patients with severe carpal tunnel syndrome may experience additional symptoms, such as:
- Slower nerve impulses
- Numb fingers
- Loss of strength and coordination, particularly with the ability to use thumbs or to pinch
If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can cause permanent muscle damage and loss of function for parts of the hand.