What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition brought on by increased pressure on the median nerve at the wrist. In effect, it is a pinched nerve at the wrist. Symptoms may include numbness, tingling, and pain in the arm, hand, and fingers. There is a space in the wrist called the carpal tunnel where the median nerve and nine tendons pass from the forearm into the hand.
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
Signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
Diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome
Treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome
When symptoms are severe or do not improve, surgery may be needed to make more room for the nerve. Pressure on the nerve is decreased by cutting the ligament that forms the roof (top) of the tunnel on the palm side of the hand (See the Figure) . Incisions for this surgery may vary, but the goal is the same: to enlarge the tunnel and decrease pressure on the nerve.