Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the median nerve of the carpal tunnel in the wrist. This actual tunnel is made up of bone, tendons, tissue, and the median nerve that travel into the wrist, hand, palm, and fingers to allow free movement. However, if the tunnel swells, pressure and inflammation will affect the median nerve, causing severe pain and tingling sensations or numbness.
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 it’s oftentimes the result of repetitive stress that persists and gradually worsens.
Here are eight telling symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome…
1. Numbness and Pain
The prime symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are numbness or tingling sensations in the wrist, hand, and fingers. The condition affects the median nerve which controls the thumb, index, middle, and fourth fingers of each hand. These sensations may be described as similar to “pins and needles.”