If you experience numbness, tingling or weakness in your hand, consider asking your doctor to examine you for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This syndrome affects about 2% of the population.
This condition occurs when one of the major nerves to the hand, the Median nerve, is compressed as it travels through the carpal tunnel, made up of bones and ligaments in the wrist.
In most patients, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome deteriorates over time, therefore early diagnosis and treatment is important.
Women are more likely to develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome than men.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The Median nerve is very sensitive to pressure, and it might not be possible to find the precise cause of this condition. Some factors that may increase your risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are:
- Any form of arthritis in the wrist
- Hormonal changes e.g. during pregnancy
- A wrist fracture
- Work that places heavy stress on the wrist
- Using vibrating tools
- Occasionally medication can also cause this syndrome