Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive condition stemming from a pinched median nerve, which is located in the wrist and responsible for supplying feeling and movement to the hand. This nerve damage can lead to numbness, tingling sensation, radiating pain, or sense of weakness.
Carpal tunnel syndrome affects both men and women, though women tend to be affected more often. There are a number of risk factors that may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome including hormonal changes, inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, and work place factors, such as prolonged or repetitive flexing of the wrist.
Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome varies based on the specific patient and their condition. Orthotics, such as a wrist splint or brace may be helpful, as well as injections and in some cases, surgery may be recommended.