Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs through the narrow passageway in the wrist called the carpal tunnel, becomes compressed or irritated.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can include:
- Numbness or Tingling: A feeling of numbness or tingling in the hand, particularly in the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger. This sensation may extend up the arm.
- Weakness: Weakness in the hand, making it difficult to grip objects or perform fine motor tasks.
- Pain or Discomfort: Pain or discomfort in the hand and wrist, which could be worse at night.
- Sensation Changes: Some individuals may experience the sensation of electric shocks or burning in the affected hand.