What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused by compression of the median nerve at the wrist, causing progressive pain in the hand and arm. The underlying causes of the disease may be an anatomical defect in the wrist or some health problems related to the use of the hand.
Towards the thumb of the wrist, 9 tendons and median nerves pass through the carpal tunnel and are protected by a sheath so that we can bend our fingers. If this sheath presses on the median nerve, numbness, pain and even weakness may occur in the hand.
This is called carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is more common in women. This is because the carpal tunnel in women is smaller than in men.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Complaints
- First, there may be pain in the wrist and it may hit the hand or arm.
- There may be numbness and tingling in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and sometimes in the ring finger, but never in the little finger. This situation can be exacerbated while reading the newspaper while holding the phone, steering wheel. Most people try to get these complaints to pass by waving their hand. As the disease progresses, numbness may be permanent.
- Complaints become more pronounced at night
- The pain may radiate from the wrist to the fingers or the arm to the shoulder. It becomes evident especially after heavy work and repetitive movements. It usually happens on the palm side.
- Weakness in the hands can lead to situations such as incontinence, falling to the ground.