Do you feel numbness or tingling in your hand? Are you clumsy in handling objects? Do you feel a pain that goes up the arm to as high as the shoulder? These may be the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
The median nerve travels from the forearm into your hand through the carpal “tunnel” in your wrist. The bottom and the sides of this tunnel are formed by wrist bones and the top of the tunnel is covered by a strong band of connective tissue called a ligament. This tunnel contains tendons that connect muscles to bones allowing you to bend your fingers and thumbs. These tendons are covered with a lubricating membrane called synovium which may enlarge and swell under some circumstances. If the swelling is sufficient, the median nerve may press against the ligament, which may result in numbness, tingling in your hand, clumsiness or pain as described above.
Download our information sheet to learn more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and treatment options.