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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Updated: Nov 10, 2022

Carpal Tunnel assessment in Manchester City Centre

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is also called median nerve compression. It’s called carpal tunnel because it’s a very narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist / hand. The carpal tunnel contains nine tendons and the median nerve.

When this tunnel is compressed and becomes very tight, it creates a lot of pressure for the tendons and the median nerve which pass through this.

The symptoms that you may feel can include numbness, tingling and weakness in the hand and arm.

What are the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel?

Tingling and numbness are very common symptoms when you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It usually affects the thumb, index and middle finger. Occasionally you might feel some tingling on the ring finger as well. The sensation that you might feel is like an electric shock in these fingers.

Weakness in your hand is another common symptom. This may be due to excessive median nerve compression. Dropping objects and being unable to lift heavy stuff is something that can happen as well.