Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that causes numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in your wrist or hand, particularly in your thumb and first few fingers. Repetitive motions -- such as assembly line work, racquet sports, and typing -- are often the cause.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in your wrist where nerves and tendons pass through to your hand. If your tendons or tissues become swollen, they can compress a nerve, causing carpal tunnel syndrome. You’re more likely to get the condition if you have relatively small carpal tunnels. It can also occur due to a traumatic injury or following surgery.
When to Seek Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Rest, applying cold packs, and avoiding repetitive motion can help, but if your symptoms persist or interrupt your sleep or daily activities, it may be time to see a hand and wrist specialist. It’s important not to wait too long to get care; carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to permanent nerve damage if left untreated.