Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the nerves of the carpal tunnel. This actual tunnel is made up of bone, tendons, tissue, nerves that run up the arm travel into the hand, palm, fingers, and wrist to allow free movement. However, if the tunnel swells, pressure and inflammation will affect the inner nerves causing severe pain, and tingling or numbing sensations.
This nerve-related disorder plagues three times more adult women than men, particularly those who type for long periods of time or perform assembly line work. The syndrome itself can be temporary, but oftentimes it’s the result of repetitive stress that gradually persists and worsens.
Here are eight telling symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome…
1. Numbness & Pain
The prime symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are numbness or tingling sensations in the hand and wrist. The condition affects the median nerve most severely, which is located in the thumb, index, middle, and fourth fingers of each hand. This may seem similar to pins and needles.