Carpal tunnel syndrome is typically categorized by numbness, weakness or tingling in the hands. These pesky symptoms are caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. The median nerve, as well as a few tendons, run through a small space on the palm side of the wrist called the carpal tunnel. This nerve is what controls the movement and the feeling in your thumb and first three fingers. When the median nerve is compressed, it causes the carpal tunnel to narrow which results in carpal tunnel syndrome. There are a variety of reasons this can happen, such as poor work positions, the anatomy of the wrist and/or underlying health concerns. Fortunately, there is treatment that usually causes the tingling, numbness and weakness to abate. If concerned, seek treatment sooner rather than later to prevent permanent nerve and muscle damage from occurring.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome almost always occur in the thumb, index finger, middle finger and sometimes ring finger. There’s a good chance it could be carpal tunnel syndrome if every finger but the pinky is effected, since the pinky isn’t controlled by the median nerve. Carpal tunnel usually begins with some numbness or tingling in the thumb that tends to disappear and reappear at random. From there, it usually progresses to a persistent state. Those with carpal tunnel syndrome may have tingling or numbness in the thumb, hands and fingers, with any combination of the three on any given day. The symptoms may also radiate up from the wrist through the arm. Weakness in the fingers and hand is also a sign. People with this syndrome often have trouble holding on to things with the afflicted hand.