Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve is squeezed where it passes through the wrist. The median nerve controls some of the muscles that move the thumb; it also carries information back to the brain about sensations in your thumb and fingers. When the nerve is squeezed it can cause pain or aching, tingling or numbness in the affected hand. Women are more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome but the condition affects people of all ages

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Pins and needles. This is tingling or burning in part, or all, of the shaded area shown above. This is typically the first symptom to develop. The index and middle fingers are usually first to be affected.

Pain in the same fingers may then develop. The pain may travel up the forearm.

Numbness of the same finger(s), or in part of the palm, may develop if the condition becomes worse.

Dryness of the skin may develop in the same fingers.

Weakness of some muscles in the fingers and/or thumb occurs in severe cases. This may cause poor grip and eventually lead to muscle wasting at the base of the thumb.

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