Carpal tunnel syndrome is a peripheral nerve condition that occurs when the median nerve is squeezed.
What it feels like:
Those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome may experience the following:
Who is affected?
- Pain/numbness/weakness/tingling in hand, shoulder or arm
- Shock-like sensations that radiate to the fingers
- Clumsiness while using hands/Dropping items
Carpal tunnel syndrome most commonly affects older women, but men and younger people can be at risk.
How common is it?
Approximately 1% of the population has carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Other health issues
- Physical therapy
- Steroid injections
- Surgery in some cases
- Carpal tunnel release (open)
- Carpal tunnel release (endoscopic)
Peripheral nerve conditions can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm. The condition occurs when one of the major nerves to the hand is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the elbow or wrist. The condition can worsen over time, so treatment is important and continued pressure on the nerves can cause permanent damage.
For more information on carpal tunnel syndrome: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00005
For more information on cubital tunnel syndrome: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00069