Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The carpal tunnel is a special tunnel located at the base of your hand formed by your carpal bones and ligaments. Through the tunnel travels your median nerve and the tendons that bend your fingers.
Your median nerve is one of the main nerves to your hand and allows you to bend your fingers and feel sensation.
The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage, and when pressure is placed on the tunnel it puts pressure on the median nerve causing the problems of tingling, numbness, pain and, eventually, hand weakness. This is called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Fortunately, for most people who develop carpal tunnel syndrome, proper treatment usually can relieve the pain and numbness and restore normal use of their hands and wrists.
Also known as
Median nerve dysfunction, Median nerve entrapment