Do you suffer from pain or numbness in your wrist and hand? These could be symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, a nerve compression disorder that strikes women three times as often as men. Early treatment is essential to avoid permanent damage. Find out what causes this ailment, how to get carpal tunnel relief, and preventive measures you can take…
You’re working at your desk, trying to ignore the tingling or numbness you’ve had for months in your hand and wrist. Suddenly, a sharp, piercing pain shoots through the wrist and up your arm. Just a passing cramp? More likely you have symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful progressive condition caused by compression of a key nerve in the wrist.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
It occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. This nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (although not the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move.