Median nerve compression
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common condition that causesa tingling sensation,numbness and sometimes pain in the hand and fingers.
These sensations usually develop gradually and start off being worse during the night.They tend to affect the thumb, index finger andmiddle finger.
Other symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
Read about the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome .
See your GP if you're experiencing persistent symptoms of CTS. They can usually diagnose CTS by asking about your symptoms and examining your hand, wrist or arm.
Further tests in hospital may be required if the diagnosis is uncertain or to helprule out other conditions.
Read about diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome .
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve, whichcontrols sensation and movement in the hands.
The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage in your wrist made up of small bones and a tough band of tissue thatacts as a pulley for the tendons that bend the fingers.
In most cases, it isn't known why the median nerve becomes compressed. However, somethingsdoincrease the risk ofCTS.
CTS is more common in women and becomes more likely as you get older.
Read about the causes of carpal tunnel syndrome .
In some cases, CTS disappears without treatment, or the symptoms reduce byintroducingsimple self care measures.
CTS in pregnant women often gets better within three months of the baby being born. Treatment may be needed if it persists for more than a few months after delivery.
Non-surgical treatments, such as wristsplints and corticosteroid injections,areeffective for some people with CTS.
Surgery may be requiredif these treatments fail to relieve the symptoms. It may also be usedif there's a risk of permanent nerve damage.
Read about treating carpal tunnel syndrome .
Surgery relieves the symptoms of mild CTS immediately. People with severe nerve damage can take a while to recover, or there may not be any improvement.
Depending on which hand was operated on and what your job involves, you'll usually be able to return to work within a few weeks of surgery.
Read about carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a relatively common condition that can cause pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the hand and fingers.
Read about the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), including tingling, numbness and pain
Read about the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), which are caused by squashing (compression) of the median nerve at the wrist.
Read about diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). CTS can usually be diagnosed by your GP, who will examine your hand and wrist and ask you about your symptoms.
Read about treating carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Treatment depends on the severity of the condition and how long it has lasted.
Peter Taylor, 58, a customer services adviser from Norwich, first noticed tingling in his fingers a couple of years ago. He has had two carpal tunnel releases.