Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve is squeezed where it passes through the wrist. This often happens because the tendons in the wrist have become swollen and they press on the nerve. The median nerve controls some of the muscles that move the thumb and it carries information back to the brain about sensations in your thumb and fingers.
People engaged in repetitive motions throughout their day may suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. Examples of those commonly diagnosed with carpal tunnel include:
People who use computers for many hours throughout the day
Check-out line technicians
Hobbies such as gardening, needlework, golfing and boating/rowing can sometimes contribute toward the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may include:
Numbness or “pins and needles” feeling in the fingers
Pain and/or numbness that is worse at night or interrupts sleep
Burning or tingling in your thumb, index, and middle fingers, or pain that moves up your arm to your elbow
Difficulty gripping objects with the hands or dropping objects
Difficulty manipulating small objects
Difficulty making a fist
Swollen feeling in the fingers
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Exercises