What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition in the wrist that is often caused by overuse of the hands on keyboards or electronic devices. This condition is caused by compression of the median nerve by muscle tendons in the carpal tunnel resulting in pain in the wrist, thumb, index and middle finger.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome will often present with numbness or tingling into the thumb, index or middle finger and or weakness in the hand, resulting in individuals dropping items and general weakness in the hand.
If left untreated this condition may make it difficulty to grip, twist or pull and may cause ongoing numbness and tingling into the hand.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
- Overuse of the hand
- Desk job on keyboard, using electronic devices
- Excessive gripping, twisting, pulling
- Gripping sports (hockey/baseball etc)